Isaacs Ridge mountain bike trail upgrade to begin

Released 23/02/2016

ACT Parks and Conservation Service has released the Isaacs Ridge Trails Plan which will guide the future planning, development and management of recreational trails at Isaacs Ridge pines.

“Isaacs Ridge pines in Canberra’s south is a popular venue for downhill mountain biking, horse riding, trail running, orienteering and other recreational pursuits," ACT Parks and Conservation Service Director, Daniel Iglesias, said.
“The area includes approximately 23 hectares of ACT Government commercial pine plantation and over time numerous unofficial downhill mountain bike trails have been established. This project will help formalise existing trails and make them safe for all users of the area, while helping prevent the proliferation and use of illegal trails in more sensitive ecological areas of the nature reserve. 

“The Trails Plan is based on consultation undertaken by ACT Parks and Conservation Service with the Canberra community in August and September last year.  The consultation showed sufficient support among the community to pursue the mountain bike trail upgrade to support club level events and for a limited number of cross country style trails, whilst maintaining a focus on the area as a place for all recreational users. 

“The community feedback showed the value of the area for a variety of recreational activities including walking, running, horse riding, orienteering and bike riding, for informal use and organised events. The Trails Plan will guide upgrade work to make trails at Isaacs Ridge pines sustainable and safe for all users of the area.

“A cooperative volunteer trail maintenance group is being established, similar to the Bruce Ridge and Majura Pines models, under the Parks and Conservation Service Parkcare volunteer group framework.”

Construction work will commence Thursday 25 February 2016 on the upgrade of the mountain bike trail network and will be complete by June 2016.  Two existing downhill mountain bike trails will be formalised; a multi-user trail, an equestrian link and informal rest areas will be constructed; and signage will be installed.

“These works align with the recently released discussion paper on mountain biking, which will help to guide growth of mountain biking in the ACT by encouraging participation, tourism opportunities, and responsible use of the environment. This work also further builds on Canberra’s reputation for providing excellent mountain bike trails,” Mr Iglesias concluded.

A copy of the Trails Plan is now available at

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