Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Marriners Run Trail
Wow!! This is my personal favourite ride at Forrest. Marriners is sheer MTB pleasure for those with moderate to intermediate technical skills. We often talk about ‘flow’ to describe a great singletrack experience and this ride does that superbly. I found myself riding a lot of it about 20- 25kph without any great effort. With options to extend your ride, and suitability for less experienced cyclists as long as care is taken, Marriners Run is an exhilarating gem!
Marriners Run features many turns with well-designed berms reminiscent of a velodrome, giving an easy yet thrilling change of direction. There are a couple of short steep gullies just to add a bit more challenge and adventure. Plenty of logs and intermediate level technical features are perfect for developing skills. Nothing is extreme – just enough consistently challenging sections to add interest without detracting from the flow of the ride.
You don’t need super fitness for the hills and it is the sort of ride that invites you to return.It is easy to include additional loops before and after Marriners Run. For example, if technical challenge is what you want, simply add the Grasstrees Loop when planning your ride (follow sign-post 8) for some more difficult conditions including log rides and drop-offs. Marriners has a very big grin rating!
The ride starts at the Yaugher Trailhead (which servic es the main network of trails). It is accessed from Boundary Road, a short distance north of Forrest, on the Forrest- Birregurra Road. Look for the sign marked Trail 7.
Food and Drink
You can get a small range of snacks from the general store in the main street of Forrest. Grocery shopping in the town of Forrest is limited so it pays to stock up before you come. The Forrest general store has a range of essentials but for super-
0.0 From the Yaugher Trailhead, you access Marriners Run via the first part of Yaugher Loop (trail number 7). Approximately 3.2km along Yaugher Loop, the turnoff for Marriners is a left turn. After ~5.9km of pure riding pleasure (9km from start) you’ll reach a T-intersection (Foxtail, trail num- ber 10). The choice is yours – turn left for a short return to the trailhead (~0.7km); or turn right to extend your trip along Foxtail then rejoin and complete the significantly longer Yaugher Loop.
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