Simple navigation and a surprising amount of singletrack combined with views and contrasting vegetation make this ride feel longer than it is. You will have an amazing chance to get through pines adjacent to a disused quarry. Parts of the singletrack run down through an avenue of thick bush, giving a sense of speed.
Most of the ride is on the north slope of Arthurs Seat and because of good drainage and soil type, the track is good to ride any time of year and there is plenty of shade in summer. There are some lovely views of Port Phillip Bay as you descend and an option to make a short detour at 2.8km to see the beautiful OT Dam.
There is a very short section beside Boundary Road before more singletrack and fire trail climbing up Eatons Cutting. Just ahead of the 9.1km turn, there is a very serious downhill course which is well worth a look if you want to get some idea of what an experienced downhill is. Ride a few hundred meters ahead from the 9.1 mark and check it out from the bottom part of the course.
The trail starts with a section of roadside singletrack. Then you face a non-technical descent that leads you to twisty singletrack loop and a slightly more technical one.
Red Hill is on the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour and a half southeast of Melbourne; Melway 190 E3. Start of the ride is at the intersection of Arthurs Seat Road and Mornington-Flinders Road (same start as Peninsula Wines, Ride 72). If you are planning to ride close to school start or finish times, please do not park near the school.
Food and Drink
Café at the start/finish. The café is very bike friendly with everything from healthy tucker to fun food and boutique beers, local wine, and friendly staff. The café provides caffeine and fuel for the local MTB club, Red Hill members.
Eatons Cutting is a non-demanding middle ring climb that brings you back to your car and fine coffee and cake in the nearby café. If you are expecting a bit of a workout, this ride is ideal for doing several laps.
The local MTB club, Red Hill Riders, is negotiating with Parks Victoria to develop more singletrack networks in this area.
Arthurs Seat lookout is close by and wineries are passed on the ride. Local cheese, self-pick strawberries, glass blowing and Red Hill market also nearby. Red Hill market runs on the first Saturday each month from September to May 8am – 1pm. Melway 190 J4. Telephone (03) 5988 4424.
- 0.0 Start at the intersection of Arthurs Seat Rd and Mornington-Flinders Rd. Cross Arthurs Seat Rd and turn left on the roadside singletrack.
- 1.9 Turn right through the gateway near the Arthurs Seat park sign and keep going.
- 2.3 Keep going past Friends Track on your left (closed to cyclists).
- 2.5 Proceed straight ahead towards OT Dam.
- 2.8 Keep going straight ahead passing the OT Dam sign on your right or disconnect your computer, turn right to see the dam then return.
- 3.3 Keep heading towards Boundary Rd.
- 3.4 As you approach the trail junction, veer left onto the singletrack between the two main trails.
- 5.1 Veer left on the singletrack.
- 5.3 Turn right onto the double track.
- 5.4 Turn right onto the singletrack and return the way you came.
- 7.2 At the end of singletrack turn left then keep going past the signs a short distance later.
- 7.9 Turn right onto the singletrack through the pines or if you want to enjoy the earlier section of singletrack again turn left, but remember to disconnect your computer.
- 8.0 Veer left just before the quarry fence and keep going through the pines.
- 8.2 Track ends on an access road; turn left.
- 8.5 Just before the gate turn right then continue a short distance beside Boundary Rd.
- 8.7 Turn right at the steel gate then after a short distance, turn right onto singletrack, keep left at the next junction and ignore all side tracks.
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304 m / 996 ft
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