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The Glosgow Track (a disused fire trail) commences where Glasgow Road intersects with Sheffield Road in Kilsyth at the foot of Mount Dandenong. Park on the street (see notes below) and walk through a gate to enter the trail. The fire trail heads straight up the side of Mount Dandenong. On the ascent the trail will cross numerous tracks that wind their way around the side of the mountain. Don't be tempted to take them. Simply head straight up the side of the mount.
As you cross each intersecting track use these as an opportunity to rest and catch your breath. There are a few other spots along the way where you can stop and have a rest, and this is where the views begin. Through the trees you start to see the town of Montrose below, and houses and factories off into the distance. On a clear day you can see right through to the CBD.
On reaching the top of the trail turn left and walk a short distance to to appreciate the views from the Kyeema Memorial Marker.
Return via the same route.
If you are keen you can repeat this trail as many times as your legs will bear.
About the region
Mount Dandenong is nestled between the tourist towns of Olinda and Kalorama in Melbourne's bushy and scenic Dandenong Ranges. The community of Mount Dandenong itself does not have a defined commercial centre, but it does include a number of boutique restaurants and stylish accommodation establishments which are tucked away in secluded spots along forest roads.
Much of Mount Dandenong is occupied by the Dandenong Ranges National Park, which offers a vast network of walking tracks through native Australian bush in a scenic and mountainous environment. Due to the area being the closest major mountain range to Melbourne, it is home to many of the city's TV and radio transmission towers, which soar into the sky out of the surrounding forests.
Drive to Kilsyth South and along Liverpool Road. Turn onto Glasgow Road and continue past Sheffield Road to the end of Glasgow Road. There is a small, semi-official area to park your car here. Alternatively, just a bit further down, where Glasgow Road intersects with Sheffield Road. Please be respectful of the local residents though, and park only in an appropriate and safe spot.
The trail is uneven and rocky so take your time and watch your footing.
Max elevation: 580 m
Min elevation: 246 m
Total climbing: 341 m
Total descent: -341 m