Yellow Dog

Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Yellow Dog

This is a little ripper! Easy navigation, climbs, descents, varied trails, scenery and all just on the outskirts of town. It is a perfect ride to increase fitness and maintain bike skills and confidence. More experienced riders will also find much to enjoy. You can increase the ride to 11.5km by continuing on to Steavenson Falls from the 2.3km point, then returning and turning right onto Yellow Dog Road.

A gentle climb on the shared use trail continues from the start most of the way to the turn onto Yellow Dog Road at 2.3km. Turn left onto Yellow Dog Road (if you wish to extend your ride, continue straight ahead for 2km to Steavenson Falls, then return to this point and turn right). Scenery is strikingly beautiful along the shared-use trail, which has many tree ferns alongside. Their presence develops new prominence as the area recovers from the devastating bushfires of 2009. Views are now more open as the bush regenerates and the colours of new growth contrast with remains of burnt trees.

After the shared-use section, you enter a very different riding environment – the trail becomes more rugged and you turn onto an overgrown fire trail. This has a couple of boggy spots in winter and a brief rocky section. The course is rideable any time of year, however, expect cold conditions in winter due to Marysville’s location, close to the ski fields. A flowing descent on ungroomed dirt continues to Michaeldene Trail which takes you through to near the finish. Take care crossing Lake Mountain Road, and the final downhill as you suddenly emerge onto the trail you started on.


Take the Maroondah Highway from Melbourne to Marysville, approximately 95km to the North East of 52 53 54 55 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 Starting at the information centre car park entrance turn right down Murchison St, cross the bridge then immediately turn right beside the river and follow the Fern Gully sign.
  • 2.3 Turn left onto Yellow Dog Rd (or continue to Steavenson Falls then return to this point and turn right. If taking detour to the falls, remember to disconnect your bike computer and reconnect upon returning to this point).
  • 3.2 Turn left onto Water Race track (unnamed).
  • 4.5 Veer right uphill. The track to the left goes down to Fern Gully Track.
  • 4.9 Follow the track around to your left just before you meet the road then continue to your right.
  • 5.5 Cross the road and continue on the track down a nice descent.
  • 5.8 Keep right. 6.2 Cross over the road and keep going straight ahead
  • . 6.3 Turn left onto Michaeldene trail at the sign.
  • 6.6 Cross over Lake Mountain Rd then turn left downhill beside the wrought iron fence. Take care on the steep descent.
  • 6.8 Turn right before the bridge and head back the way you started.
  • 7.3 Turn left on the road and continue to car park.
  • 7.5 Finish.
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    7.781 km / 4.835 mi

    Total Distance

    215 m / 705 ft

    Total Ascent

    190 m / 624 ft

    Total Descent

    547 m / 1,794 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    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: 7.4
    Elevation Gain: 222
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    Accessible by bike
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    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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