Designed and built by Glen Jacobs and the team at World Trail, the Flame Trees Trail runs alongside the Rail Trail making it a perfect option for the whole family. The Beechworth Chain Gang Mountain Bike club have recently completed 10km of what is hoped to eventually be a 40km continuous single track loop only 5km from the centre of Beechworth. Designed to be ridden in a clockwise fashion, the trail begins with a sprint in open grassland before entering the trees and gradually descending. While conceived as suitable for the entry level rider, the combination of rocks and multiple gradient changes pose a challenge for the more accomplished rider wanting to lay down a fast lap.
Towards the top of the climb the trail snakes on and off the Rail Trail before finishing on the open grass plain that marked the beginning of the loop. The Chain Gang have plans to further develop the loop, so don’t be surprised if you find a skills park and other obstacles popping up in the near future.
A quick spin down the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail towards Everton and Wangaratta finds you at the beginning of the Flame Trees loop project. The Beechworth Chain Gang, Beechworth's mountain biking club, have recently completed 10 km of what is hoped to eventually be a 40 km continuous single track loop.
Suitable for the entry level rider, the combination of rocks and multiple gradient changes pose a challenge for the more accomplished rider. Multiple short but technical descents into the shaded gullies beside the rail trail are followed by snaking switchbacked climbs.
There’s a small carpark where Diffey Rd crosses the Rail Trail marking the trailhead – from there watch for the bollards that direct you on and off the rail trail on the left as you descend. There are no toilets or drinking water facilities so come prepared.