New Collie River Valley MTB Trails Open
Get ready for some more pedal pumping action! A further 12 kilometres of new trails now winds its way through the Arklow forest, giving mountain bike riders a view of the stunning environment in the Collie River Valley.
The Arklow mountain bike trail network now totals 36km; 26km of which is new or upgraded trail. Built by renown Common Ground alongside Parks and Wildlife Service WA and a team of locals, the trails offer a range of experiences from adaptive trail to technical singletrack, as well as short flow and jump sections. The traversing trails feature large jumps, long log rides and numerous rock gardens.
Arklow Adaptive is a 9.2 km green loop that is suitable for all the family. The trail has been rated under the Australian Adaptive MTB Guidelines as Highly Accessible meaning it is suitable for people who use handcycles. This trail is a mix of modern flow trail and old forestry tracks. Take it easy or tackle it with speed for a more challenging and rewarding ride. And if you want a longer ride, add Railway Rise and Jarrah Jaunt for an easy 13.5 km loop.
Ray’s Trail is 7.5 km of old school, blue, single track. This trail is quite technical with lots of twists and turns. It can be accessed directly from the Harris River Estate, and if you contact them, they offer free secure parking. All the other trails in the network can be accessed from Ray’s Trail making it the prefect starting point. The wildflowers, including fairy orchids, are quite spectacular in the spring along this trail.
The 220 Trail is one of the best blue trails in WA. It winds its way along the 220 contour for 6.2 km all the way to Harris Dam with fantastic views through the Jarrah Forest. Ride it one way or use the Scar Rd, 220 Return to link back into the network. This trail is built to ride fast with a challenging rock pile feature at the northern end.
Dead Cats and Mornington Glory are both modern, blue, single track with plenty of technical features and challenges along the way. Combine them with The 220, Scar Road (220 Return) and some of the green trails for a challenging and enjoyable 27 km ride. Dead Cats is another hotspot for wildflowers in September/October.
And, there is more to come. The new trail $10 million government initiative to create and maintain more than 180km of high-quality mountain bike and bushwalking trails in Collie and Dwellingup.
Download a copy of our Collie River Valley & Wellington National Park MTB Map which will soon be upgraded with the new trails.