Mountain Bike Park close to Perth CBD
Not letting an unlucky incident impede future fun at the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park, we decided to return and bring along the camera to capture some sections of the park. The Goat Farm which isn’t a farm at all is located in Greenmount National Park and within close proximity to the city of Midland. It’s a small mountain bike park but jam packed with skill challenging riding. Winter has encouraged a beautifully green scene and even a few wildflowers have appeared ahead of spring next month. Noticeably the park has undergone a bit of a ‘clean up’ since our last visit and perfect timing with a stage of the WA Gravity Enduro series underway next week.
The plan was to head straight into the main section of the park, taking Blue Cruiser (a cross country trail that traces the border of the park) and Cannonball.
The park is best known for its steep climbs and rocky descents, we feel the burn heading upwards from the jump skill circuit. We reach the highest point for the morning of 172 metres, it appeared to be a look out area, opening up to a sensational view against the bright blue sky. Days like these have me contemplating that winter in Perth isn’t all that bad. A small group of riders and hikers also gather at the top, taking a rest and enjoying the view.
I’m not quite sure what follows next, but I’ll say our route down was free and easy. We’re definitely spoiled with the excellent signage on other Western Australian trails. Not all together a bad thing, the layout of the Goat Farm MTB park on the other hand is quite relaxed in terms of markers, and although they lack, it’s fairly straight forward to find your own way down the hill ending quite close to the car park. Switching between trails is easily done, as well as, taking a break off the trail. When I checked the Garmin later on, it showed we descended down a combination of 3 trails not on our original planned route. I was not surprised to see we even meandered onto a black run (for intermediate riders), explaining the dire need for a stiff drink afterwards.
Our ride this morning was a slice of the park and I’m looking forward to taking the Blue Cruiser cross country route which we seemed to have missed. The highlight was the 4X trail because of the width and fast flowing descent, I felt comfortable riding down and it wasn’t as rocky as the other trails.
The Goat Farm is a great area for developing technical skills, however beginners may struggle with the challenge given it’s steep and rocky trails. I liked the challenge and was quite cautious descending but this eased off towards the end. For those attempting mountain biking for the first time, I would highly recommend the Kalamunda trails near the Camel farm. I came across a comment on a forum some time ago that proved very valuable. The thread talked about finding a happy balance when riding, to respect your own pace. I waited about a year and a half of mountain biking before visiting the Goat Farm and glad I took that advice because those acquired skills and strength definitely contributed to a fun packed day and a happier me!
Happy riding everyone!
Beyond the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park
At the rear of the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park, Greenmount National Park continues and we ventured along a track to a look point thinking it was part of the mtb trails, also passing a smaller hiking trail. It turned out to be nice surprise reaching the lookout point.
Below is a map I’ve drawn from Trailforks to give you an idea of the lookout. To cycle, the long straight trail may be a physical challenge with a continuing uphill trend until the lookout. A hike your bike scenario in some sections. That said, it is all downhill on the way back. When you reach the sealed Padbury road, veer right until the end.
Have you see our other posts on the Goat Farm?