Trail running at Lake Mountain
Just a couple of hours out of Melbourne, Lake Mountain is the most accessible of all the peaks. Nestled amongst the beautiful and high reaching mountain ash, your running will be protected from the sun and deliver surprises around every corner. From tight singletracks to wide, well-maintained bush tracks, the running is varied and exciting.
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"An easy loop along Lake Mountain’s wide, grassy ski trails. A slight climb up to Helicopter Flat before hitting a fast, flat trail for 1.5km. Great for those wanting some speed-work on consistent, sure ground. The route finishes with a fun, fast, non-technical downhill run leading back to the village."
DISTANCE: 5.8 km
TRAIL TYPE: Loop
COMBINED ASCENT/DESCENT: 110 metres +/-
RUN RATING: 11/45
START: Between Main Visitor Centre and Village Administration Building
FINISH: Between Main Visitor Centre and Village Administration Building
ESTABLISHED TRAIL NAMES: Echo Flat Trail, Muster Trail, Taggerty Return Trail
GEOGRAPHIC REFERENCES: Helicopter Flat, The Camp, The Gap
TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS: Subalpine vegetation and wetlands at Echo Flat. Discover Lake Mountain’s endless trail options at The Camp trail intersection. Cross Taggerty’s River along the Muster Trail.
MAPS AVAILABLE: Lake Mountain Area Map; Lake Mountain Ski Trail Map; Lake Mountain MTB Trail Map (all representative).
Starting between the main village visitor’s centre and the Village administration building, head straight on to the well-marked Echo Flat trail.
The Echo Flat trail starts with a wide, tan bark covered trail and a gentle incline. After approximately 600m you will approach Snow Gauge where you stay left on Echo Flat Trail.
You will reach Helicopter Flat after running approximately 1.25km, at which point you will see options for the Snowgum Trail and Little Echo Loop. Stay left on Echo Flat Trail.
The following 600m is flat and the terrain is consistent. If you feel like stretching your legs and gathering some speed, push hard to The Camp trail intersection.
The Camp is where you’ll find options for Woollybutt, Jubilee and Snowgum Trails. Stay left to remain on the Echo Flat trail.
The next section of the trail is undulating along wide ski trails, eventually leading you to The Gap at the 3.25 km point of the run.
Run 300m beyond The Gap and turn left on the the Muster Trail. This is where the downhill fun begins. The Muster Trail contains some ramp-like undulations and is, in some parts, a semi-technical downhill section. Watch your ankles on rocks and small potholes if you are tackling this part of the route with speedy enthusiasm.
The Muster Trail will eventually lead you to a T-intersection just past the Upper Taggerty Bridge at the 5.25 km point. Here you will need to turn right on to the Taggerty Return trail which will return you to the Lake Mountain Village and carpark.
The Echo Flat Trail is excellently sign-posted all the way long the 5.8 km route.