Reap the Red Ridge

Summary

  • Distance: 7o km loop
  • Description: Northern loop from Heathcote , either side of Mt Carmel Range and crossing the range at Chinamen’s Bend, near Toolleen.
  • Amenities: Heathcote, Toolleen. Possibly Cellar Doors along the way if open.
  • Accommodation: Heathcote. Heathcote National Park (free camp). Shiraz Republic (off route, but close to Toolleen).
  • Ride surfaces: 74% gravel, 19% quiet sealed roads, 7% busy sealed roads.
  • Terrain: Rolling with total vertical meters = 700m. There is one short (1-2km long), steep climb of 9% over the Mt Carmel Range at Chinamen’s Bend.
  • Suggested Ride: Start at Heathcote, ride anti-clockwise to complete the steep climb before lunch at Toolleen Hotel.
  • Highlights: Redcastle forest, Pook Road, scenic vineyards, Chinamen’s Bend climb over Mt Carmel Range.
  • Link to gpx file: Download gpx file from this link – Reap the Red Ridge
  • Connects with: O’Keefe Rail Trail, Leen Down the Dale, Golden Black Track, Carmel Cornella. See – GABCY Network
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