Distance: 8.6 km
Average Gradient: 4%
Elevation gained: 352 meters
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Mount Tanglefoot is located in the Toolangi State Forest, approximately 10 km north of Healesville. There is a fair bit of climbing to get to the base of this climb with the choice of climbing this from either Chum Creek Road or Myers Creek Road.
Whilst this road is relatively free of gravel, if you were to give this one a go expect a bumpy ride. There are quite a few corrugated sections all throughout the climb. A CX or Mountain bike would be advised. The road is wide enough to allow two cars to pass, however the edges of the road aren’t suitable to ride a bike on. It’s easy to find a riding line, but you’ll want to ride as far into the middle road as you can.
Mount Tanglefoot climb
The climb starts at the intersection of Sylvia Creek Road and Myers Creek Road.
This climb takes you through the Toolangi State Forest and to either side of the road is a forest of tall Mountain Ash and tree-fern. This area receives a fair amount of rain and is always stunning. This is a climb of two parts. The climb begins with the steepest section, with the first 800 meters averaging close to 10%.
The road eventually flattens out until you pass the Wirrawilla Rainforest car park around the 4.6 km mark where from here there is solid climbing until you reach the peak. Overall this section offers a fairly consistent gradient, and is by far the most scenic part of the climb.
On the far side of the climb is a campsite, and the area offers some challenging hikes. Mount Tanglefoot has also inspired Yarra Ridge (wine) to produce a nice Shiraz which they named after the mountain. If you head to the bottle shop first, maybe you can celebrate in style at the top.