April 4, 2015
The carpark at the Alpine Resort starts as the trail head . The trails north of the resort are mostly beginner / easy fire trails . The trails to the south of the resort are where the singletracks can be found . The Granite Grind is the southern trails main loop , with branching trails of varying difficulty all networking off the main loop . The trails are marked however pay close attention as , after the 2009 fires its got overgrown & wild in parts . If you follow the marked singletracks you shouldn't have any difficulty . The views across the Yarra Valley are spectacular , the main loop takes you to vast vistas worth a stop & a chance to re water / hydrate & intake some food , from there the main loop , although not that main as it is really a very narrow singletrack in parts , gets flowing , really flowing , can get quite technical in parts , with switchbacks , burms , challenging rock sections & fun jumps although you want to choose your line well as the trails are narrow . Some parts of these southern singletracks run through eerily treed forest with surprises around every turn , the Granite Grind trail alone can challenge the more serious mountain bikers , as do the other southern trails such as Bypass (black diamond) & The Ridge Loop . The Granite Grind takes you to the summit then onto a flowing singletrack down the mountain across the Alpine road & then onto more kilometers of singletrack eventually connecting back in a loop to the Alpine Resort .There are about 30 km of singletracks on the southern trails as well as many kilometers of easier trails on the northern routes . For an awesome day out & some real fun , the southern trails at Lake Mountain are well worth a visit .