Mitcham's Shared Use Trail Network
The City of Mitcham is setting a South Australian benchmark for purpose built, sustainable trail development in local government reserves. Open Space within metropolitan areas is limited and reserves in peri urban areas are often used for recreation. The growing community trend towards unstructured recreation has influenced the development of Council’s shared use trail network. The social and environment impacts of horse riding, walking and mountain bike riding through Mitcham’s reserves will always be greater than in remote areas. Mitcham Council acknowledges this and therefore in the mid 2000’s endorsed a trails strategy to implement and manage a Shared Use Trail Network.
The trail network has been defined as a ‘shared use’ network to highlight that there are opportunities for different identified user groups within the trail network. The trail network includes trails designated as walk only, bike only, walk/bike, walk/horse and walk/bike/horse
The trail Strategy identified that reserves are not used in isolation but rather ‘areas’ or ‘zones.’ Four Zones were created for management purposes throughout the Mitcham hills which are located in the following reserves:
- Zone 1 – Randell Park and Anderson Reserve
- Zone 2 – Lynton Reserve and Sleeps Hill Reserve
- Zone 3 – O’Deas Reserve, Saddle Hill Reserve and Ashby Reserve
- Zone 4 – Blackwood Hill Reserve
Lynton Reserve Trails
In 2010 Council formally opened Lynton Reserve - Zone 2 of the Shared Use Trail Network. Lynton Reserve, Sleeps Hill Reserve and Lynton Depot Reserve make up this zone and feature a combination of maintained vehicle tracks and exciting meandering single trail, allowing visitors to observe city views, intact Grey Box grassy woodlands and impressive quarry faces. The physical characteristics and the conservation values of this reserve have influenced the trail network design and the result clearly demonstrates the right balance.
The recent trail user survey of the Lynton Reserve Trails showed a very even split between walkers and cyclist using the trail network. The trail network is attracting a wide section of the community.
Council continues to maintain and manage the trails within Lynton Reserve – Zone 2.
If you would like to be involved or find out more about Council’s volunteer maintenance program, please click here.
All users are reminded to be aware of the Trail Difficulty Rating System, Code of Practice and Terms and Conditions. Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many trails do we have open?
A: We have 30 km of managed trail in Zone 2, 3 and 4
Q: How many trails will we have open in 2016/2017?
A: We will have approximatly 40 km open across the 4 trail Zones
Q: What type of trails do we have?
A: We have walk only trails, bike only trails and shared use trails. The trails range in difficulty from easy to extremely difficulty.
Trail Difficulty Rating System
Many of Councils trails are shared use for multiple user groups. Please familiarise yourself with the trail classifications and the degree of difficulty you can expect on the Councils trail network.
Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility.
Green - Easy (Easier)
Suitable for children, families, novices, social groups and others seeking a relatively short distance trail, requiring a basic level of skill and fitness.
Blue - Intermediate (More Difficult)
Suitable for individuals and social groups seeking a short to medium distance trail, requiring a moderate level of skill and fitness.
Black Diamond - Bikes Only Advanced (Very Difficult)
Suitable for individuals and social groups seeking a very challenging trail, requiring a high level of skill, fitness and endurance. Suspension bikes, body armour and full face helmets recommended on DH trails.
Double Black Diamond - Bikes Only Extreme (Extremely Difficult)
Trails suitable for experienced riders who want an experience that is extreme in its nature. Usually constructed with race style in mind. Full suspension bikes, body armour and full face helmets are HIGHLY recommended.
Red Circle- Walking Only (No Bikes)
Walkers can expect natural surface trails and obstacles, with constructed steps in some areas. These trails have rough surfaces and are suitable for bushwalking and hiking only. A good level of fitness is required and sturdy footwear is highly recommended for walking these trails. (Walking only trails are built and maintained to Australian Standards of a Class 4 Hike)
Responsible Trail Use
Trail Riding, walking and horse riding are permitted only in approved and open trails in reserves.
Please be patient and continue to support Council’s trail strategy by being responsible and use only the designated (approved and open) trails. The Code of Practice and Terms and Conditions of Use are detailed on all trail head signs and listed below.
Code of Practice
Plan your ride or walk.
- Obey "Walking Only" and "Bike Only" signs.
- Ride or Walk only on formed trails.
- Do not take short cuts or form new trails.
- Share the trail - bikes must give way to walkers.
- Respect the rights of others.
- Avoid riding in wet, muddy conditions.
- Tread / Ride lightly and leave no trace or rubbish.
- Control your bike and walk, run, ride within your limits.
- Do not disturb plants and animals.
- Clean your bike and/or shoes, don't spread weeds or plant diseases.
- Tell other people about this code.
- Report hazards and other issues to the City of Mitcham on 8372 8888.
Terms and Conditions of Use
- No entry to Reserve on Total Fire Ban Days, SEVERE, EXTREME, CATASTROPHIC call the CFS hotline for confirmation 1300 362 361.
- Cyclists and other users of these trails do so at their own risk.
- This trail network is only open to the public in daylight hours.
- Recreational trail use of the City of Mitcham Reserves is a privilege, not a right and trail users must respect the local residents, fellow trail users and the trail network facilities.
- Obey all signs. Follow the recommendations and guidelines of all trail network signage regarding trail use and direction of use.
- Bikes must give way to walkers on shared use trails.
- Take caution as management vehicles will use access tracks to conduct various tasks.
- Trail users must adhere to the "Code of Practice".
- Cyclists are responsible for the condition and quality of their bicycles. Only well maintained, off road bicycles are to be used on designated mountain bike trails.
- Modifying existing trail or building new trails without authorisation is not permitted.
- Walking or riding off trails, is not permitted
All trail users do so at their own risk. Mountain bike riding, horse riding and bush walking involve risks and should be undertaken with care and regard for the riding and walking conditions at all times. The trails are subject to natural forces, varying weather and trail conditions. The track surface and obstacles may vary over time and may make trail use more challenging.
For horse riding an approved helmet to Australian Standards (AS NZS 3838:2006) is mandatory. For cyclists, a helmet approved to Australian Standards (AS 2063) is mandatory and protective equipment including gloves and glasses are highly recommended when riding Black diamond and double black diamond trails. Black diamond and double black diamond trails are designed for suspension bikes and full face helmets and body armour are recommended. Access tracks (fire tracks) are regular used by reserve management vehicles and caution is required at all times while using these tracks.
City of Mitcham: 8372 8888
Out of Hours Service: 8366 0622
CFS: 1300 362 361
State Mountain Bike Plan
The first State Mountain Bike Plan for South Australia, and the first of its kind in Australia, has been developed through partnerships between Bicycle SA, State Government, Local Government, Mountain Bike Clubs, cycling organisations, environmental and interest groups.
This plan is focused on the Mount Lofty Ranges and is intended to provide a blueprint for other areas of South Australia for the development of integrated and sustainable mountain bike riding opportunities within the State.
As part of this plan a Code of Practice has been developed for riders to:
- Plan your ride.
- Obey 'No Bicycle' signs.
- Ride only on formed trails designated for cycling.
- Do not take shortcuts or form new trails.
- Share the Trail.
- Respect the rights of others.
- Avoid riding in the wet, muddy conditions.
- Ride lightly and leave no trace or rubbish.
- Control your bike.
- Do not disturb plant and animals.
- Clean your bike, don't spread weeds or plant diseases.
- Tell other people about this code.
Keep trails open by setting a good example of environmentally sound and socially responsible mountain biking.
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