Walmer Forest Trails (Wattle Flat) - Fast Facts

Trail number

Not applicable

Trail length

25 kilometres

Elevation variance

60 metres

Trail type

Single trail with cross trail links by gravel road.

Trail surface

Smooth dirt, rocks and rock outcrops

Weather affected

Prone to be muddy after prolonged heavy rain

Trail condition sources

Nil

Trail features

Small berms, drop offs, roller coaster sections following creek valleys, fast flowing sections, steep pinch climbs

Trail obstacles

Rock gardens, loose rocky sections and bridges

Trail Rating

Trail rating

Intermediate

Rating basis

IMBA

Night riding

Yes

Family Friendly

Not a course for beginners due to the loose rock and steep climbs and descents in places. Younger MTBers with good skills would be able to try it out and there are plenty of exit points at gravel roads if required.

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Trail Description

The Walmer Forest (Wattle Flat) Trails at Castlemaine are located in the Walmer Forest Reserve to the north of the Bacos circuit so you can tie these loops together.

There are basically two loops - one in the west (in blue) and one in the north-east (in pink). I have marked in a few of the interconnecting tracks in green as well which I have ridden and recorded on the GPS.

The track is set in light forest and is similar to the Bacos circuit just to the south. Unlike the Bacos course however, much of the course is covered by a loose rock surface which makes some corners quite loose at speed. So drop your tyre pressures down a bit but not so much as to cause pinch flats (as there are plenty of rocks on the course) and do your braking early letting the wheels roll and grip. The trails are good quality trails with light berming on some of the corners.

The western loop has a central summit which the trail climbs then drops from in a repeated manner. One fantastic section of the trail is a half pipe trail in the sides of a creek valley similar to Mariners Run at Forrest or the Acheron Ridge Trail at Buxton. There are also some good rock gardens, steady climbs and switchback sections thrown in for good measure.

The north-eastern loop is also a great section of single track with some stiff climbs, switchback sections and long flowing runs in between.

To pick up the western loop from the parking area, head west along the Muckleford - Castlemaine Road and cross over to pick up the track. Refer to the green line on the southern side of the circuit in the map above. The other option is to head a short way up Daltons Road keeping an eye out for a fire trail on the left which intersects the single track.

I'm not sure if there is any particular direction to do the trails in but the western loop definitely seemed to be set up for the anticlockwise direction and the creek valley half pipe sections would be wasted doing them in the other direction.

I tried the north eastern loop in the clockwise direction but think it would work better in the other direction as there are some hefty climbs through 'rock gardens' which would probably work better in the downhill direction.

Southern Loop

One way to pick up the trail is to head up Daltons Road about 300 metres and pick up the fire trail on the left (refer middle picture above) which intersects the trail.

The trail gradually climbs up to a summit and passes through a small pine plantation on the way.

These are pictures down in the creek valley half pipe section - you can see the trail weaves up and down the sides of the valley making for great fun drop ins.

Above is a rocky portion of the course some of these sections have been cleared and some have been left as rock gardens. This one's cleared. Generally trails are open and fast flowing with some tighter sections in between.

On the left above is a typical section of uncleared trail showing rocks that need to be negotiated.

Another half pipe section down a smaller creek valley.

North Eastern Loop

Below is a section of the fire trail across the top of the reserve which links the loops. The following photos are of the north eastern loop. This contains some steepish climbs and rocky sections.

Trail Videos

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Parking and Facilities
Parking is widely available. I parked for this ride at the intersection of Centre and Border Tracks which is just off Daws Road (on the left heading out from Castlemaine). This allows access to both the Walmer and Bacos trails from the same location.
No toilet facilities are available.
No drinking water is available.
No food or drinks are available in the immediate area.
No local information facilities are available.