Riding Lake Mountain
The closest alpine climb to Melbourne, both challenging and rewarding, the climb commences in the small village of Marysville and 22km later brings you to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. The first 4km out of Marysville up Robley’s Spur is the most sustained and steepest part of the whole ascent, reaching grades of up to 10%. Once you reach the top of Robley’s Spur there is an excellent lookout with sweeping views across the Cathedral Range.
After this steep section you are given a break with the road flattening out briefly before again climbing steadily. The road winds its way up through regenerating fern gullies to Tommy’s Bend where there is a short downhill section.
It is a rolling climb from there, with numerous points where the gradient flattens out giving some respite from the long climb. Looking left on a clear day, the Melbourne CBD and the You Yangs can be viewed in the distance, with only 3km to go. Just around the corner at the Snowy Hill carpark, your tired legs will again get some downhill relief before gently climbing to the Lake Mountain Village.
- Start – Marysville Lake Mountain Visitor Information Centre
- Finish – Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Village
- Distance – 22km
- Rise – 902m
- Grade Average – 4%
- Grade Max – 10%
Stamp Your Ride
Validate your climb at the Lake Mountain Bistro, 9.00am – 5pm, Closed Christmas Day