Numbers increase four-fold during the first year of new mountain bike tracks at Yackandandah

Carcass canyon – there’s a story behind how the section of mountain bike track in the Stanley Forest coined its name, James Lacey explains.

“When building the track we found an animal skull, and that lead to a couple people putting other skulls on display when they found them – it became known as carcass canyon,” he said. 

“I think the thing that surprises a lot of people is how big the track network is.

“You can amuse yourself for a whole day easily out there, with 50 kilometers of single track, and you can also go out in a family group because most of it isn’t intimidating.”

Mr Lacey, president of the 148-strong community group called Yack Tracks Inc who pushed for the trails, said the site’s visitation had soared since the network was completed almost a year ago.

“We’ve had a couple prominent magazines come and do features and that’s got us a good foothold,” he said.

“We’re already looking at 15,000 to 20,000 riders through the track this year – that’s probably four times what we used to have before the trails were open.

“We only have to get half of those people to buy a coffee in town and we’re doing a good job.”

Mr Lacey said seeing the response to the new trail showed how much the time and money was worth it.

“We started mucking around in the forest a few years ago, maybe even 10, and it wasn’t something that was organised.  

“We realised we needed to get it approved, and since then we’ve expanded and turned it into a network.

“We’ve got a really good relationship with the land managers DEWLP and Indigo Shire – they have really supported us.

“We’re really happy with it.”