GreenAlias wrote:Pete, Thanks for that. I see the Heads Rd bridge at Melways map 49 B3. Is that right?
That is the correct location
GreenAlias wrote:When you leave McIntyres lane (heading south) and go down the creek, which side of the creek do you start on? East or West?
It's a long time now since I've last ridden this bit of trail - way back before they began building the Eastlink tunnels. Riding it from the north may be a bit errr, legally challenging
. I always rode it from the south. The trail is all on the west side of the creek, north of Heads Rd. At the north end the trail actually runs across Whitefriars land I believe, but in the bush. It used to run around the base of the Whitefriars oval embankment and came out onto Park Road. Then later the trail (a sort of access track here) has been realigned to run up onto their oval boundary and out at a gate on Prak Rd. You can see it on Google Maps, in the satellite view, if you zoom in on Whitefriars at the north end of their ovals. It'd be a bit hard to argue you were just following a track if you enter there at a gate clearly marked as a school entry
From the south at Quarry Rd, we used to begin from a track that led off near the bridge on the west side of the creek. This is now the Eastlink Trail. after about 150m, along what is shown as Huggins Rd on the Melways, we crossed a rough ford to the east side of the creek and picked up a trail along close to the creek. This is an easy winding ride to Heads Rd. Now with Eastlink built, I'm not sure what the trail beginning is like. You could try accessing it via the EastlinkTrail and Huggins Rd to the ford, or there maybe tracks to the creek from the east side, off A'Beckett Rd.
Once you cross the Heads Rd bridge to the west bank turn right straight away onto a single track near the bridge, follow it through some trees for 100m then it soon charges straight up an unrideable climb. After 100m it flattens out and is a lovely winding contoured track along the edge of the Whitefriars School, but through thick bush. At the end you come out into an open grassed area, then up a ramp onto the school oval, so don't do this on a school day, nor on a Saturday when their cricket team is playing
. And have a handy excuse ready. There is a gate straight ahead that leads you onto Park Rd.
GreenAlias wrote:Just curious - have you ever tried starting near the corner of McIntyres Ln & Park Rd (Melways 49 A1) and heading north up the creek to see how far you could get - or is there just no possibility?
No, I don't think you can. There are properties right down to the creek on the east bank there, I believe. There is an open streamside reservation on the west bank there for some distance. This is evidently where the new bike path is being built.
i'll try and go there again in the next few weeks and do a bit of exploring. After I've done it I'll post the results here
Good luck with your exploring. Enjoy the trail while you can