It’s official; Western Australian’s have fallen in love with mountain biking. Adults, kids and families have embraced this high-energy way to explore and enjoy the natural landscape.
While WA may not be home to many mountains, it does have plenty of excellent mountain bike trails - everything from gentle kid-friendly loops near Perth, to challenging technical trails in the South West. Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, you’ll find a mountain bike trail to suit you. To get you inspired, here are our top 10 favourite trails.
1. Scorpion Trail, Kalamunda Trail Network
Length: 1.94 km
With its wooden berms and roller-coaster corners, The Scorpion Trail is one of the favourites of the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Trails - the biggest and busiest trail network in WA. With over 44km of signposted singletrack, The Kalamunda Trails have something for everyone. Beginners can hone their skills on the Shake, Rattle n Roll Loop or the Flaccid Ashback Trail. While pros can challenge themselves on the drop-offs of Loco en el Coco or the jumps of Luvin’ Shovels, both advanced black trails. With excellent facilities and more than 30 trails to choose from, the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Trails Network will always have you coming back for more.
2. Big Pine, Margaret River
Big Pine is Margaret River's ’Top Trail'. A regular in the "Cape to Cape" mountain bike event, it runs down the western side of the Bramley Trail Network. Big Pine is both fast and friendly, progressive yet forgiving. Fresh off a re-build this past winter, the updated trail has some freshly shaped jumps, some reworked turns and new stone bedded river crossings. Much loved for a reason, it is well worth a roll!
3. Grizzly Trail, Wellington National Park
The Grizzly trail is one of the more popular and technical trails of the Mount Lennard Mountain Bike Trails network in Wellington National Park, near Collie. This narrow singletrack weaves through jarrah forest providing more than enough obstacles, jumps and berms to keep even the most experienced riders on their toes. The Grizzly Trail has two trailheads – Pile Road and Mt Lennard. The descent from Mt Lennard offers a 4% grade ride, while Pile Road offers a moderate hill climb.
4. Langford Park, Jarrahdale
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
If you’re a mountain bike beginner, put Langford Park at the top of your list. Flat, fun and flowy, this purpose-built circuit offers a mix of trails that are easy enough for beginners and fast enough for more advanced riders. The trails are well signposted and the park has toilets, picnic tables and barbecues, making it a pleasant spot to bring the whole family for a day out. Langford Park is located in the lovely historic town of Jarrahdale, so you can also enjoy an after-ride lunch at the pub or local winery.
5. Marrinup Trail, Dwellingup
The Marrinup Trail is a great place to introduce the kids to mountain biking. This 8km singletrack trail is flowy with a few gentle hills and can easily be shortened to a kid-friendly 4km distance by using the short course return route. This lovely trail will take you through the beautiful jarrah and marri forests of Dwellingup, while a short detour will lead you to an old WWII POW camp. The camp once held hundreds of German and Italian families, but today only the footings of the buildings remain. Fun and interesting, the Marrinup Trail is well worth the trip.
6. Turner Hill, Murray
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Turner Hill is a superb mountain bike trail with plenty of flowing singletrack, speedy downhills and obstacles like rock gardens and log rolls. Despite being an hour and half drive from Perth, Turner Hill attracts plenty of riders who are keen to test their skills on this exhilarating loop. If 11km of challenging single track sounds a little overwhelming, there’s a 5km short route to try, as well as an easy 1.1km loop for the little ones. The Marrinup Trail is close by so you can ride both these trails in a day.
7. Ray’s Trail, Collie
If you like your trails to challenge your physical endurance, Ray’s Trail is an ideal choice for you. Narrow and winding, the trail runs in a clockwise direction twisting and turning on itself along the way. In fact, Ray’s Trail is the perfect example of how to fit as much single track as possible into a small area. The first few kilometres of the trail are flat but it soon descends into fun and fast downhill berms and finishes with several large log rides. Located on the outskirts of Collie, Rays Trail is the first of hopefully many official mountain bike trails in this area.
8. Relentless Blue, Pemberton Mountain Bike Park
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Relentless Blue is the signature trail of the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park. Living up to its name, this technical trail begins with a relentless hill climb with plenty of switchbacks, rock gardens and log rollovers. After the challenging uphill, the trail rewards you with a thrilling descent complete with two large wall rides and a fast run to take you home. The Pemberton Mountain Bike Park is set in the heart of the giant Karri forests, which means this trail is as beautiful as it is exciting.
9. Forsyths Mill, Sawyers Valley
Forsyths Mill is a smaller but much loved mountain bike trail located in the Perth hills. Packed with features, this 6km singletrack loop is the perfect place for groups with mixed riding ability. Advanced bikers can ride the trail hard and fast, making the most of tight turns, jumps and the black-rated ‘Legit’ trail feature. The lack of any major hills means beginners can take it easy and opt for the easier b-lines if they need to, and for the young ones, there is a short kids loop right near the car park.
10. Munda Biddi Trail
Difficulty: Easy to difficult depending on section
A different experience to the trails listed above - the Munda Biddi Trail is WA’s number one off-road cycle touring experience. Running from Mundaring to Albany, this famous trail showcases the best of our state, meandering through scenic river valleys and magnificent forests. The trail has excellent signage and plenty of vehicle access points, so you can easily choose a section for a day trip, or make it a multi-day adventure and stay overnight in the cycle-friendly campsites located along the way. If you’re a keen rider, the Munda Biddi should be on your bucket-list – just make sure you’re fit and well prepared for an adventure!
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For even more information on trails and mountain biking in WA, checkout The Western Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA)