February 14, 2015
Lysterfield MTB Park is a network of some 40 km of mixed trails from beginner to intermediate to most difficult double black runs . An easy half hour drive from the city of Melbourne , the trails loop around the National Park & lake , where in summer , after a day of riding you can go for a refreshing swim & relax on the beach there whilst the waitress from the TrailMix Bike store & cafe brings you a coffee or a beer . The TrailMix bike store & cafe hire out bikes as well as do any emergency repairs , pretty darn good . Part of this MTB Park was for the 2007 Commonwealth Games MTB Event , & you can ride the route of the course . The network of singletracks is really what makes this place so special , flowing looping fast singletracks with burms , jumps of varying degree & height , some you can really launch off & fly - awesome . The trails are marked very well although its handy to take a map of the track circuit . There is a scenic trail that circuits the lake , its a vast lake , in summer , with swimming , sailing , bathers etc . Wet or dry this place is great fun , in one day you can ride every trail & catch a swim before the sun sets . Some parts of this park you really feel like you're in the wilderness , with kangaroos grazing all around the park & some reluctant to get out of the way on the trail , so far all kangaroos there are pretty tame , relaxed & friendly , two I had to go around as they wouldn't get off the trail . Fury , cute but some are 2 m tall , so be aware , cautious & more times than not they here you coming & hop away . The more advanced network of trails is where the fun is , some fast technical singletrack through redgum forests & some trails almost go through this semi tropical forest resembling something in Cairns . There is so much variety here , even in the singletracks & the differing trails. Some parts the trail is so narrow through very densely treed forests , it really does test your skills if you want to test it ! Most trails all connect to each other around this vast network of singletracks, fire trails & cross country trails , with some very fast downhill singletracks like Aneurism , a doudle black diamond downhill singletrack , this has everything, huge jumps & burms & a narrow flowing singletrack through forest , this run feels more like a ski run on a mountain bike. Then there is the Upper & Lower Blair Witch Trail, named because it is strangely eerie , even on a sunny day. A great intermediate flowing singletrack through haunted woods, onto trails like the Hug, The Commonwealth games Circuit, another inetrmediate trail called Redgum, a flowing singletrack that weaves through a redgum forest connecting to a similar trail called the Middle, also a connecting trail to the Lake Circuit Loop . You can take the more relaxing Lake Circuit Loop , or you can explore the vast network of trails & singletracks through this region , it really is totally great fun , beware of all the trees though as most trails are heavily forested , I had so much fun in one day there I want to go back there again tomorrow , so my rating of this place - awesome ! Even on the weekend there are other bikers you bump into along the trails, they are few & far between , some trails are one way only , for a reason , because runs like Aneurism is only a fast downhill singletrack . Trails are well marked , there is mobile phone coverage , drinking water at varying points , as well as BBQ's available to use by the lake . A main car park for mountain bikers is at the main trail head , from there its a fun flowing singletrack to the TrailMix Store & Cafe by the lake , then onto the more advanced trails like the Blair Witch Trail & beyond from there . From some parts of the trails you can see the mountains of the Yarra valley in the distance with the forests & the lake in the foreground , a very fun place to smash some trails or just a relaxing ride .
You Yangs , Forrest