New mountain bike and walk trail. Get ready to roll!
Construction of Kalamunda Loop Trail, Stage 1 is underway and on target for completion in late-July, ahead of the spring wildflower season.
This exciting development will strengthen the existing links between the northern and southern sections of the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail, follow the alignment of the old railway corridor and utilise road reserves to significantly improve walker and rider safety. The trail will run from Kalamunda to opposite the Pickering Brook Café upon completion. For the safety of walkers and riders alike, there will be separate sections of the trail for walkers and for cyclists.
After years of planning and community consultation it is great to see the project finally coming to life. The new trails have been carefully mapped to ensure we protect rare vegetation, while providing a fun and challenging route for mountain bike riders and trail runners. The City funded project is being completed with assistance and voluntary labour from the not-for-profit group, the Western Trails Alliance.
Mayor Margaret Thomas said, “Mountain biking and trail running are two of the fastest growing recreational activities as we all seek safe places to exercise, take in some fresh air and improve our mental health. It is important that we have trails for the community to enjoy, and that individuals do not build their own trails in order to protect the natural environment.”
As COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, bicycle tourism is expected to increase, bringing an economic boon for local small businesses and consumer confidence.
Until the loop trail opens walkers, runners and riders can enjoy the many other scenic mountain trails already existing in the Kalamunda area. With the Mundy Regional parkrun and 40km of other signposted tracks there is certain to be a trail to cater for everyone, including 30 incredible trails for all skill levels of riders accessible via various parking sites off Mundaring Weir Road. Everyone is asked to continue practicing social distancing and ensure they are not gathering with more than ten people as required by the social distancing rules.
These trails are accessible for a wide variety of users including riders from those who love the adrenaline rush and sense of exhilaration from hitting a track hard, to those who enjoy the social aspect of spending some time on the trails with family, taking in the scenes.