March 8, 2015
The You Yangs Regional National Park is a vast fun network of singletrack trails . There are two main areas , Stockyards to the north , & the Kurrajong plantation to the south . Both areas lay in the You Yangs , the southern trail network is easier cross country mixed with crossing fire trails . The trail network is well signposted . The Stockyards area is for the more advanced mountain biking , with some double black diamond runs as well as single black diamond runs . There is a main trail that links all the other trails . Trails range from easy , intermediate fast flowing singletracks with burms , plenty of jumps , some very tricky rock garden sections particularly on Boulder Trail , as well as fast flowing singletrack & switchbacks & loops through this dormant Volcano region . Some of the more difficult trails are very challenging even to the most advanced bikers & the park itself has abundant wildlife , watch out for the kangaroos on the trails . There is a main carpark for Stockyards & the trails pretty much lead from the car park , taking a map is a help , as well as plenty of water & some power bars , there are some ball breaking climbs , however worth it . On some trails you get incredible views from the top of the mountains , in the distance on a clear day you can see the city of Melbourne standing alone in what seems like a desert (view from the You Yangs ) The park is open 24/7 & even on weekends you can still ride the trails on your lonesome . The views from some parts of the trails are truly spectacular , & the flowing singletracks are well designed , challenging & great fun . Its about a 45 minute drive from Melbourne , & it does really feel like you're riding in the wilderness , one thing the trails like a bit of rain as when its dry it can get a bit slidy on some sections . Trails like 'Lactic Acid' , 'Turbulence' , 'The Boulder Track' , 'Travs Diamond', 'Trilogy' & 'Cressy's Descent' all challenge even the most experienced mountain bikers . In Stockyards section of the You Yangs there are around 30 plus km of singletracks as well as kilometers of fire trails & linking trails , the Kurrajong plantation has an equally vast trail network , it really is a matter of going exploring . For a day out from town with not too much traveling , the You Yangs are a great place to disappear for as long as you like , highly recommended for a plethora of fun .
Forrest , Stromlo