The Carinyah Trail is now closed. It was an easy 15 km off road cycling trail. It mainly uses old temporary railway line (form) and is relatively flat and easy to ride. It was a great introduction to the Munda Biddi Trail.

DPaW have confirmed on 16/3/17 the Carinyah Circuit has closed and markers and all signage have been removed. This was due to lack of use and the high cost of maintenance. The MB and Carinyah hut are unaffected. The Circuit is not being rehabilitated (it was old temporary train line, and pretty hard to remove!), but DPaW no longer have responsibility for it. And neither do I. This means if you do ride this, it as entirely at your own risk.

For 4.5 km of it's length it was shared with the Munda Biddi Trail, and it passed by the Carinyah Campsite and hut. This Trail was ideal if you want to try staying in a hut, or have kids with you. It has only one hill (which is rideable), some sections of rocky ground and pea gravel, but it was pretty easy. It can did become loose and slippery in summer, when it was hot as well. But you missed the chance to ride it.

To see the gpx or the ride route summary (for historical info only), select the "Route Sheets" tab above, and click on the download buttons for each. But rememeber - the circuit is now closed and you ride it at your own risk

History
This trail was based on the temporary old rail lines used in the area for logging. The Canning Jarrah Timber Company was incorporated in 1891 after taking over the licence to land previously utilised by Mason & Bird ( see separate ride and notes). It was based at Canning Timber Station, about 5 km south of Kalamunda, but they also had outlying mills. One was No 1 Sleeper mill, on Munday Brook, which was in operation from 1893 to 1897. The other was Newton's No 2. By 1902 the company became part of the Millar's empire. As the timber was cut and orders were filled, the spur lines were closed, so that by 1904 everything was shut. The Canning Jarrah Timber Company had laid about 95 km of railway in total in this area. Smailes' Mill on Ashendon Road is the site of a Forestry Timber Mill, and is shown on the Munda Biddi map.

Carinyah in the local indigenous language means "Happy Home". The settlement may have been active by 1929, when a Forests Department settlement is recorded as being in the Barton's Mill area complete with housing and community buildings. The local school operated 1930-1963. It was converted during the World War 2 years to a Defence Forces training ground for the Volunteer Defence Corps. The VDC was an Australian part time volunteer military force modelled on the British Home Guard. The VDC was established in 1940 by the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and was initially composed of ex-servicemen who had served in WW1, but were too old for frontline service in WW2. Many men and women from Pickering Brook and the surrounding district signed up for duty. Most of them trained at the Carinyah Forestry Settlement and others elsewhere in the State. The Carinyah hut is located near the old settlement site.

Ashendon Road originally ran from Mundaring Weir Road through to Brookton Highway then on to Albany Highway, although it is renamed Kinsella Rd after Brookton Highway. The Munda Biddi crosses both these roads.

The Carinyah hut is the most accessible and closest to Perth on the Munda Biddi Trail. As a result it attracts a lot more riders, especially day riders. It also attracts a few more non cyclists who are not as respectful of the facilities. On a fine, cooler weekend, the trails in the area could be full of off road motor bikes and quad bikes. The hut's riders log had to be replace in August 2014 after being damaged, so only 140 riders are recorded in it as of March 2015. There was more litter and small signs of vandalism at the hut, but nothing major. See more about the hut and campsite here.

Getting There
Carinyah Trail is located about 35 km to the East of Perth on the Brookton Highway. There's an off-road parking area at the trail head that is visible from the highway. When heading East on Brookton Hway, it's 7km from the outskirts of Roleystone. There was a sign on the highway, but all signage has been removed after the March 2017 closure of the ride.  I have ridden to the Armadale train station from the Carinyah hut (it is off the Scarp, so mainly downhill) - see my routes for details. It is a good way to ride from the Munda Biddi to the Armadale train line.

Route Directions
The trail consists of a 3km ride in, and then a further 9km loop. This loop can be ridden in either direction, however the Trail markers make riding it in an anti clockwise direction easiest to follow. The Carinyah Trail Circuit was signposted with a green triangle or a yellow rectangular sign with "Carinyah Circuit". All markers were removed in March 2017 with the ride's closure.

Maps
Old copies of Munda Biddi Trail Map 1 shows the full Carinyah Trail circuit. It is not on newer copies (as this ride has now closed).

Downloads
Download the Carinyah Circuit Trail information by going to the "Route Sheets" tab, and select a ride then click on the "Download GPX file" and "Download Route Summary Sheet". (To see how to use them see "Using My Route Sheets" article on right hand side of this page). If you have read this far, you make have picked up that this Trail is now closed..........

Local Facilities
Toilets: At the Carinyah Campsite on the Munda Biddi Trail
Drinking water: Tank water at the Carinyah Campsite on the Munda Biddi (DPaW suggest treating the water before consuming, but it is usually clean, cool & fresh.)
Bike shop: Kelmscott about 20 km away
Cafe/shops: Service station at Karragullen 8 km towards Perth, or at Roleystone on Brookton H'way about 10km towards Perth
Phone: At Rock Inne Tavern at Karragullen 7 km towards Perth
Others: Overnight camping at the Carinyah Campsite
Bins: There are no bins at the Trail head or Carinyah hut - if you bring it in, take it out!

GPX files I have available:

Carinyah Circuit (all) (March 2015)
Carinyah hut to Challis Train Station (July 2015)

Mobile phone reception
There was no Telstra reception when I was there so I imagine Optus and Vodaphone would be the same.

Warning: DPaW have confirmed on 16/3/17 the Carinyah Circuit has closed and markers and all signage has been removed. This was due to lack of use and the high cost of maintenance. The MB and Carinyah hut are unaffected. The Circuit is not being physically removed (it was old temporary train line, and pretty hard to remove!), but DPaW no longer have responsibility for it. This means if you do ride this, it as entirely at your own risk. The information I have provided here is for historical info only, and I am not taking any responsibility for any one who rides this trail.

This page is the property of Follow My Ride, a website detailing off road cycle tracks near Perth and in Western Australia. This page is on the Carinyah circuit trail.