The Beechworth Chain Gang maintain both the Beechworth Mountain Bike Park, and the Flametrees trail, which is located about 5km out of town alongside the Murray-to-Mountains rail trail. Info on both trails is below, and for the latest maps click here.
If you’re out on the trails and notice any maintenance issues (like fallen trees) please let us know either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via our Facebook page so we can get out there quickly and sort it out.
Technical Grade: Beginner/Intermediate
Distance: 10km loop
Riding Time: 1.5 hours
Gradient: Don’t be fooled by the 2% Strava gradient – the climb is punctuated by some great technical climbing and natural obstacles that make this a great challenge at speed.
Fitness: Medium endurance
Location: A quick 5 km spin down the Rail Trail from Beechworth towards Everton finds you at the old Baarmutha railway station site and carpark – and the beginning of the Flame Trees loop. Alternatively its a short drive from town down Diffey Road to the rail trail crossing and carpark.
For a location map click here.
Description: Designed to be ridden in a clockwise fashion, the trail begins with a sprint in open grassland before entering the trees and gradually descending. While suitable for the entry level rider, the combination of rocks and multiple gradient changes pose a challenge for the more accomplished rider wanting to lay down a fast lap. Multiple short but technical descents into the shaded gullies beside the rail trail are followed by snaking switchbacked climbs.
There’s a fast snaking run-out that marks the end of the downhill – a quick right hand around a knoll and across the rail trail and you’re at the beginning of the uphill leg. Towards the top of the climb the trail snakes on and off the rail trail before finishing on the open grass plain that marked the beginning of the loop.
The Beechworth Mountain Bike Park
Technical Grade: Beginner to Intermediate and Advanced
Distance: Loops from 1.2 up to 10 kms in length
Riding Time: 1 to 3 hours
Location: Alma Road Beechworth, just on the outskirts of town.
For a location map click here.
Description: The MTB Park is on a compact plot of land punctuated by granite, granite and, yes, more granite. What it lacks in size it makes up for in varied terrain and ride options to suit beginners through to advanced riders.
The 10.5km Intermediate Cross Country Loop (yellow arrow) takes in the entirety of the available land and on paper looks like a bowl of spaghetti with the trail snaking about in close proximity to itself. You’re unlikely to recognise how tightly the trails are packed in as you fly through fast flowing sections or have your head down grinding up the technical climbs that punctuate the descents. Composed of a number of named tracks, highlights include the rocky ridgeline of Rusty Stuff, the sustained fast flowing descent of Secret Track and for those who like a challenge, The Grind that takes you from the lowest point of the park back to the carpark is via a series of switch backs that leave you out of breath but wanting for more descending. Another lap anyone?
The Snakes and Ladders track is a new intermediate grade ‘flow style’ downhill trail that starts and ends on the yellow arrow loop. It has loads of sweet berms, jumps and other interesting features using the local granite. Loads of fun and a great new addition to the park.
The 1.2km Green Loop is an excellent way for novices to improve their skills and makes an excellent warm up loop for the more experienced riders. Its also great for kids. The loop has been designed with an increase of obstacle size and type as you progress around the circuit.
There is also a short course downhill (advanced grade) and jumps track near the carpark.
Please use caution when riding on trails that you have not ridden for some as they may have changed – we like to surprise you.