ANTICIPATION is building within the Perth mountain trail biking community as a new 12km trail network nears completion at Lake Leschenaultia.
Volunteers from the Western Trails Alliance (WTA) have been creating the trails on weekends with support from the Shire of Mundaring.
WTA Director Ian Humphrey said the new trails would build on existing Mountain Trail Bike (MTB) usage of the area but reflect the community desire for "a bush MTB experience on a sustainably and custom-built single-track".
"Not only are these the first MTB trails to be built in Perth within the past five years, they will also provide a great year-round riding location with excellent facilities," he said.
"A lot of the volunteers live locally, or are regular visitors to the area, and are very excited about the trails."
Mr Humphrey said the volunteers were on track to produce a great family MTB trail network.
"Building some sections by hand has allowed us to provide a more natural feel to the trails but with the opportunity to include some interesting man-made wooden features and ramps to keep things interesting," he said.
"Each trail has also been carefully designed to consider dieback mitigation, avoid native fauna habitats and to leave a minimal trail tread footprint."
The trails would provide a much-improved facility which would also appeal to a wider community, Mr Humphrey added.
"We think the new trails will help make Lake Leschenaultia an even better family venue," he added.
"The range of trails available – along with the possibility of a swim in the summer after your ride – and with links back to the rail heritage trail and Chidlow, will make this a 'must-ride' destination for local and visiting MTB riders."
Manager Recreation and Leisure for the Shire, Kirk Kitchin, said the network included nine trails spanning 540m to 1.9km and ranging in difficulty from basic to intermediate.
"The Perth Hills Trails Master Plan identified a need for mountain bike trails that cater for starters to mid-range riders in this region and Lake Leschenaultia was considered the perfect site," he said.
"Lotterywest funded the plans for the trail network and the Shire funded the construction. The contribution of the wonderful WTA volunteers has ensured the Shire has got a lot of trail for its investment."
The Shire also undertook extensive environmental planning, including a detailed dieback survey, to ensure the trails have a minimal impact on the reserve.
Mr Kitchin said work began in June and should be completed in coming weeks, with testing and signage to be finalised by mid-August.
"We are looking forward to seeing lots of new mountain bikers having their first trail experience at Lake Leschenaultia this Spring," he added.
About the Trails:
Easy, flat trail following the old miniature rail line. Ideal for beginners and children. 700m.
Man vs Machine:
Long, technical climb for those who like a challenge. Intermediate skills required. Has been hand built. 1.5km.
Easiest way to get to the top of the Trail Head. Basic skills required. 1.25km
Fast, flowy trail. Leads into the Wahoo trail. Intermediate skills required. 540m.
Flowy trail. Basic skills required. 1.4km.
Ramps and flow. Links to Yeehaa and Shakes n' Ladders. Intermediate skills required. 720m.
Shakes n' Ladders:
Rock gardens and a shore style ladder. Intermediate skills required. 1.3km.
Introduction to Cross Country trails. Basic skills required. 1.9km.
Old-school XC style. Intermediate skills required. 1.4km