Ned's Track

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Ned's Track

Ned’s Track is packed with contrasts without great technical requirements – except in the wet when sections become very slippery. Formed earth trails start just out of town followed by a forest dirt road section to Andersons Mill camp. One of the highlights is the gentle descent on Ned’s Track with lush vegetation and a real sense of isolation. On Granton Road, put it in a big gear and hammer before the confrontation ahead, riding up a section of a downhill course.

You hit the dirt a short distance from town on a groomed earth track with nice undulations before a section of fire trail around Andersons Mill camp ground. Ned’s Track is great riding. It is narrow, gently downhill, and to your right the bush is really beautiful. Granton downhill course is the challenge of the day as you see how far you can ride up a very steep pinch.

The climb is only one kilometre and the first part is quite achievable. The steep section is all about granny gear, weight transfer and effort, then for all but Olympians, a short walk. Having a go at these challenges rapidly improves your climbing skills and fitness. From the top you will see a very steep descent where motor bikes have gouged the track right down, exposing once-buried Telstra cable. We avoid this section by veering left on a good trail surface before descending on Mount Gordon Road, then some singletrack followed by a fast descent on Triangle Track before using the trail network you started on to return to town.

Access

Take the Maroondah Highway from Melbourne to Marysville, approximately 95km to the North East of Melbourne (Melway Map X910 T11). The start of all our Marysville rides is at the information centre in Murchison Street, the main road through town.

Food and Drink

Plenty of options including cafés and bakery close to the start.

Side Trip

There is plenty to see and do in and around Marysville, and the information centre at the start of the ride has an excellent range of resources to help you plan other activities. Lake Mountain is easily accessible and has new mountain bike trails being constructed.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start near the entrance to Marysville information centre car park. Leave the car park and turn left up Murchison St.
  • 0.6 Turn left onto Old Melbourne Rd and enjoy the climb!
  • 4.4 Turn right at the sign to Andersons Mill.
  • 5.3 Trail ends; turn right for a short section of fire road.
  • 5.8 Turn left, back onto the signed track.
  • 6.0 Anderson Mill camp ground and toilets. Turn right and continue back along the gravel road.
  • 6.2 Turn left onto Anderson Mill Rd.
  • 7.2 Turn right.
  • 7.9 Cross road and follow Ned’s Track.
  • 8.3 Turn right. (The track ahead is a dead end leading to a recently logged area.)
  • 10.1 Turn right onto Granton Rd and enjoy a fast section.
  • 11.7 Cross over Marysville Rd, continue a short distance straight ahead, then turn right to begin your climbing challenge.
  • 12.8 Veer left onto an easier gradient.
  • 13.7 Track joins Mt Gordon Rd. Turn right for a quick descent but be cautious as it is possible to meet vehicle traffic and you may miss your next turn if you travel too fast. The road is also used by many downhill riders getting a car ride to the top of Mt Gordon.
  • 14.5 Turn left onto the narrow track. This is very slippery when wet.
  • 14.7 Continue straight ahead down Triangle Track.
  • 16.4 At the intersection of Mary Meadows Track and Triangle, turn right onto Link Track (unsigned).
  • 16.9 Turn right at the trail sign and continue downhill (Gilberts Gully Track on your left is closed to bikes, please do the right thing and observe).
  • 17.1 Cross Wilks Creek then turn right.
  • 17.4 Cross the road and take the track opposite, then turn left uphill returning the way you came.
  • 18.6 Turn left onto the road, for the downhill run home.
  • 18.9 Turn right at intersection.
  • 19.6 Finish.
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    18.912 km / 11.751 mi

    Total Distance

    824 m / 2,703 ft

    Total Ascent

    822 m / 2,698 ft

    Total Descent

    633 m / 2,077 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Expert (Double Black)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: Ultra Fit
    MTB Segment: flow
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 19.3
    Elevation Gain: 682
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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