This Fryers Ridge Circuit hike will take you though the scenic woodlands expanse of Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve. This is a quiet woodland area with several small streams.
Tracks are very well-marked four-wheel drive trails. Bird life is very active in this park and you will most probably see some wallabies and kangaroos.
You will find plenty of good places to have lunch near dams or in general open Woodland.
Take the Calder Freeway northbound from Melbourne. Exit C794 towards Malmsbury. Continue through Malsbury and into Taradale.
Turn left (near old BP/Post Office across road) on Roderick Street. Roderick Street will join Fryerstown Road. Continue past the properties and vineyards until you cross the creek and reach Salt Water track. Limited parking near this intersection.
The hike starts out with a moderate assent on good well-marked four-wheel drive tracks. The terrain is undulating hills but nothing to difficult.
Around the northern section near Telecom Track the tracks become steeper.
Variation – The hike is fairly long. A recommended variation is at the far northern section of hike whilst on Sugarbag Track to take a right on the unnamed track (-37.145523°, 144.284649°) to shorten the track by a couple of kilometres. Another reason for this variation is that the current path takes you close to the edge of the reserve.
Max elevation: 582 m
Min elevation: 392 m
Total climbing: 455 m
Total descent: -454 m
Thanks to Pete Vino for sharing this trail