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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +604/989 ft
Total: 13 riders
 

Mountain Biking Lake Mountain

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#20 of 55 mountain bike trails in Victoria
#2665 in the world

There are 2 sets of trails.
North from the resort cetre are the ski trails. Wide straight forward fire trails for beginners and families.
South of the Resort are the challenging single tracks.
The trails are still very new, following the devastation from February 2009, where the whole area including the alpine resort centre was completely destroyed by Forest Fires.
The main circuit is the Granite Grind a 15km loop up to a peak of 1432m before dropping 200m down the mountain.
The entrance to the granite grind is about 2 metres into the walking trail marked as the Sumit Access Trail. Head off to the right of the walking trail.
Keep your eyes peeled for this entrance - as it is easy to miss and you'll end up going up the walking trail.
Tight single track amongst trees in the first 5km opens up to boulders and rocks for a technical challenge.
Most of the trail is under 4 months old and has had limited riding.
Some of the trails are faint and you have to follow you nose in some places, other parts are quite soft and will keep you on your toes.
All this will be fixed as the course matures over the coming months and will become a challenging and very rewarding ride.
Look out for the view points across the ranges. bring a camera if you can

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From Melbourne, head to Healesville on the Maroondah Highway.
Continue through Healesville heading towards Marysville.
Don't miss the right hand turn on the Maroondah Highway for Marysville.
Head through Marysville over the first roundabout, and then right at the 2nd roundabout heading out of town on to Lake Mountain.
Follow the very clear road sign posts to Lake Mountain Alpine resort up to the top of the moutain.
At the top you will find (amongst millions of dead snow gum trees) the alpine resort centre - with coffee shop and toilets
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  • ottodavies
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    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 .

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    The Start is a hard climb to the summit followed by a great downhill fast flowing couple of kms till you get to the road. Over the road is more fast technical downhill until you hit the upward climb back to the car park. Tracks are in great condition.

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  • retroenduro
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    Good challenging loop with technical climbs and some good descents. Hopefully they will fix up the descents this year as last year they got quite mashed up by races.

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