Over the past 3 years the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has built over 50 kilometres of new trail as part of the Collie Adventure Trails Initiative. More recently DBCA has switched it’s focus to the refurbishment of historical and popular Grizzly and Boylan Trails in the Mount Lennard Network.
Grizzly trail is a local favourite and at more than 20 years old it is one of the oldest mountain bike trails in the south west. Originally a “dual direction” trail it was ridden this way for over 10 years, before a development in the early 2010’s created the Boylan climbing trail and left Grizzly to be a dedicated cross country descent.
DBCA sought feedback from the local Ferguson Valley Mountain Bike Club prior to commencing works. The club emphasised maintaining the trail feel whilst pointing out a few problem points on the climbs. Given the feedback and popularity with local riders DBCA aimed to maintain the old school single track feel of the trail, fix problem areas whilst improving rider flow and installing drainage to improve trail durability and ensure they can be ridden for many more years into the future.
A spokesperson for the Ferguson Valley Mountain Bike Club has said:
“The vast majority of riders love the new flow of the trails and the roller coaster section really meets the brief of providing excitement for everyone”
Jordan Gibbs, Project Manager - Collie Adventure Trails
Capital Works and Asset Management Unit
Parks and Wildlife Service
To find out about other West Australian trail projects, you can go to here: https://projects.trailswa.com.au