Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Triangle

This is a shortened version of a ride called Hamptons Hoot in my first MTB book (1998). It was 35km, in reality probably seldom ridden fully because of the effort involved. This version still packs a couple of big hits, particularly the Mount Gordon climb and descent. I’ve named it after the triangle of bush between Marysville, Buxton and Narbethong, and Triangle Track which runs along one side. At times during this ride it reminded me more of the triangle that convicts were chained to when being flogged!

The Mount Gordon climb is a middle ring slog on a dirt road with a bit of stone. It is a great way to get some serious height and outstanding views across to the Cathedral Range. The descent that follows has views down to Marysville but don’t look! The steep rocky track is a Telstra cable route and it takes a bit of skill to negotiate. As always, be sensible and walk this section if it compromises your safety. I recorded the ride in mid June and the combination of Mount Gordon, a near gale and sweaty lycra was not a pleasant mix.

The next day, snow fell and I was pleased not to be still exploring. In warmer weather the area is fantastic to explore with many great options to extend the ride, such as Worcesters Track and Peake Track. After the Mount Gordon descent there are some stunning sections of trail through tree ferns and forest with intense shades of green showing the emergence of new life after the 2009 fires. You have a series of short climbs and descents around the Mary Meadow area and some of these can be more challenging than they look when wet and traction becomes an issue.

There is one final adventure towards the end of the ride where we give you the option of crossing the river at a ford or making your way to a nearby pedestrian/ bike bridge. Sometime in the future a bridge will be constructed at the ford site. Alternatively, you can ride on about one kilometre and return via Link Track and retrace the way you started the ride.


Take the Maroondah Highway from Melbourne to Marysville, approximately 95km (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 Starting at the Marysville information centre car park entrance, turn left and ride uphill on Murchison St.
  • 0.6 Turn left onto Old Melbourne Rd and continue.
  • 1.0 Turn right onto Wilks Creek trail at the sign-post.
  • 2.0 Turn right off the main trail, go downhill then cross Marysville Rd and take the track straight ahead.
  • 2.5 Turn left on the track and cross the bridge.
  • 2.6 Turn left again at the sign and continue on the management track.
  • 3.2 Turn left here (Mary Meadows track is to your right).
  • 4.8 Veer right and continue uphill on the narrow track.
  • 5.0 Turn right on the gravel road and start the climb to Mt Gordon.
  • 7.3 If you want to get another summit under your belt and a enjoy a good view, disconnect your computer at this point, cross the gate and ride 350m to the fire tower (just below the fire tower embankment you see the start of the Mt Gordon downhill course). Remember to reconnect your computer before proceeding to complete ride. To continue the ride from the 7.3 point …
  • 7.3 Keep following the trail downhill, away from the gate.
  • 9.0 Continue past the communication aerial and take great care on the steep rocky descent. Scramble down the embankment at the bottom of the descent.
  • 9.7 Turn left.
  • 10.6 Keep going straight ahead on Triangle Track.
  • 12.5 Turn left at Mary Meadows sign. This descent is a little technical and it passes through some beautiful vegetation.
  • 15.7 Keep going on Mary Meadows.
  • 16.5 Turn left downhill and ford the river or make your way to the pedestrian bridge. If the river is running high head back up to the main trail and continue for just under 1km and return via Link Track, the way you started.
  • 16.9 Turn left at the Gilberts Gully sign.
  • 17.2 Turn right on the sealed road then next left and coast to the finish.
  • 18.1 Car park finish.
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    18.328 km / 11.388 mi

    Total Distance

    886 m / 2,906 ft

    Total Ascent

    868 m / 2,847 ft

    Total Descent

    762 m / 2,500 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: Ultra Fit
    MTB Segment: flow
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 18.7
    Elevation Gain: 756
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