We have big plans for more mountain-bike track development in the Castle Hill Basin. Please help us help you enjoy yourself at Castle Hill by giving a donation towards future track development using the Paypal donation button below (note that a Paypal account isn't required to make a donation).
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After the construction of the Hogs Back and Sidle 73 tracks by the Castle Hill community, the Dracophyllum Flat mountain bike track has been developed tol complete the mountain biking link between Castle Hill Village and the Broken River skifield road in the Craigieburn Forest Park.
The Dracophyllum Flat Track runs for approx. 5km between the Broken River and Cheeseman skifield roads and links up with the Texas Flat end of the Hogs Back Track.
At it's northern end, the track is accessed from Jacks Pass on the Broken River skifield road. From Jacks Pass the track descends steadily through beech forest down (~140m descent) to Broken River (now crossed by a new footbridge). From the river bed the route then climbs up steeply (~50 m ascent) to reach
After an easy crossing of Dracophyllum Flat the track re-enters the bush again and traverses through several boggy and muddy areas as well as crossing several
small streams. Parts of this track are currently unrideable but is planned to develop this section further with a series of culverts (see below).
Once through the bush, the currently track route (pre-Jan 2013) traverses a tussock area to reach the Cheeseman Ski Club Forest Lodge ice skating pond and the Cheeseman skifield road. The proposed rerouting of the track (described below) will divert the trail away from the lodge, as well as providing a more direct route to Texas Flat.
See below for a route map and also for images from the track.
The proposed rerouting of the Dracophyllum Track leaves from the Cheeseman Road after Timís Stream as shownbelow. The track would leave from the road as shown (orange) heading across relatively dry ground to reach the beech forest. A small stream requires a footbridge of ~5m in length (Location 2). The track would weave through the beech forest passing the weather station (Location 3) before descending back into the forest. A second blue line is proposed that is an alternative route following disturbed ground via an old dam and then down a spur having extensive natural erosive areaís. Both proposed lines would have minimal impact. The current track is shown in red.
Proposed Track Development
Other proposed track development is shown below. Four foot bridges (see numbers) will be required as part of this work programme along with five culverts (denoted by C).
For further information on this proposal or to provide support please contact Paul Weber, Castle Hill Village