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Mt.Dandenong West Face

Average Rating:    (4.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Some single narrow trails, some open fire tracks with good speed. Watch the rocks. 3-4 short steep climbs, the downhill is worth it. Finish at The Basin or a good flat bike track onto Knox City S/C. CH7 Tower to Knox City S/C 18Km.
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Latitude
-37.835733884744826
Longitude
145.34770488739014
Trail Directions
Start at HSV 7 TV tower Mel 66E2. Car Park at the end of Eyre Rd. Follow trail to left and winds along the west face just below the Observetory. Single track comes out at 5 Ways, trake Mountian Rd, and keep to the left. Trail route is a little complicated to describe, send me an email for more info.
Trail Length
10Km to base of Mt.Dandenong
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Dandenong Ranges
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 27, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ezquire ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Steep sections. Rough slippery surface with plenty of cricket ball sized rocks over the track. DH riders beware of leaving the centre of tracks and ending up in the gutters.

Heaps of single track chutes - connecting the main fire tracks. First timers - take a photocopy of the melways.

Recommended Route:
I parked the car and started riding from the of Jubilee Rd, and worked my way up to Burkes lookout.

I took a number of fire tracks up the mountain - kyemma and singleton ter. The weather was wet and the ground pretty slippery. I'd recommend not attempted an ascent in wet weather, I struggled with traction on steep uphill sections.

Once at Burkes I turned around and started the decent. I rode back the same way i came; north back past the Kyemma crash memorial park. About 1.5km's past the Kyeema memorial plaque I dropped into an amazing DH section - probably 200-400 meters long. Extremely steep. Plenty of large loose rocks and fallen trees to navigate. This was the hardest section of the ride. Turning left at the bottom of this section I hit the main fire trail and flew DH to the carpark. Awesome riding. Take care in the wet.



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Review Date
April 18, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Alex Kelly , from Melbourne

Summary:
As per my last review.

Recommended Route:
The fools at the TV towers just bulldozed the first (and best) bit of this trail. My new rating is 3.5/5.



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Review Date
July 26, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Alex Kelly , from Melbourne

Summary:
We took the trail to the left, but there was a smaller one that went straight ahead and looked reasonably steep that we could also have done... After the 1st corner you will see another caged in relay tower, go left at the end of this to ride some killer tech DH stuff... Make sure there are no walkers ahead of you... The rest of the ride is just amazingly fun fireroads... Photocopy a melways map for your first time, and choose how you get back to the basin.. I have only rode here once before, but I loved it and reccomend it to all riders...

Recommended Route:
The ride up the mountain kinda saps your energy so its best if you can get your mum to shuttle you :-) Start at the Television relay towers. HSV7 I think....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sassafras creek trail,



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Review Date
July 26, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: James , from Melbourne

Summary:
The tracks marked on the melways are fire tracks, but there are single tracks right through the area. This is not to say the fire tracks arn't any good, because they are definately the most accilerating fire tracks i've ever seen and some times require very high levels of technical riding when at high speeds (most of the time). Before you even attempt this area make sure your brakes are in supreme condition, and you have typres with plenty of grip for stopping and for fast, slippery corners. Disk brakes really shine in this area. I reccomend you at least start at hsv 7 at about 12 o'clock so you have plenty of time to explore

Recommended Route:
Firstly I recomend you take a copy of the melways with you on the ride, as there are many different tracks to choose from. from hsv 7 we took the track to the left and then took another narrow technical track which was on the left just after a right hand turn, this track goes bellow the atv 10 tower and linkes up to the channel 10 track. then we went right down dacite track, left down rankin track, left to camila track and right down bills. at the intersection of bills and stables we follwed a single track to the right which was a bit of fun. all through the bottom area is a plethera of single tracks which are worth exploring. If you are looking for a way back up the hill you could try going back up where you came from (impossible), or you could go up the basin olinda road (again make sure you have a map) and then go up either dog or school track to old coach road (fire acces track) which leads up to sassafras) this way is more interesting and not much harder than just following a road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
sassafras creek trail - brilliant



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Review Date
May 14, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Nick Welch , from Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Summary:
Generally a good trail to follow. Not very technical though. The first section between HSV 7 and Kyeema crash site is pretty decent with a harsh drop off and good views. Watch for patches of loose fist sized rocks. Between Kyeema and Ridge road is a typical Mt Dandenong "trail".....too well made. You can get a bit of speed up though. The inclusion of the bitumen section along Ridge road is good. I hit 75km/hr, with higher speed possible. The best riding by far is along the fireline trail. It has a couple of good, short downhills followed by a brutal uphill. This in turn leads to a long, pretty technical downhill, which is ridable, but be careful at the bottom of the hill. This is where the piles of baby heads accummulate, and it is easy to loose all traction on these loose rocks. If you haven't got decent front suspension, get off your Kmart special and walk or you will faceplant. There are plenty of options depending on your skill level, setup etc. Plenty of different, short connecting trails worth investigating. The amount of different trails which connect make for a long, mainly downhill ride. Most begginners would be able to handle most of the trail as it is not too technical. This doesn't mean that it is too basic for more experienced riders. There are more extreme rides along the trail. Be prepared for a hard ride back to where you started, or park down the bottom of the mountain and ride the whole way.

Recommended Route:
E-mail Daryl for a good trail map and detailed description. He has spent a lot of time investigating the trails. Start at HSV 7 tower and follow his guide.



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