Croesus Track Details
A premier West Coast mountain bike ride. The Croesus Track is accessed by going through the town of Blackball. Either park in town and begin your ride from here or carry on driving through town towards Roa Mine. Turn right onto a steep gravel road, which ends at the Smoke-ho car park. The ride up to Ces Clark Hut from here follows a very well preserved miners’ track that is excellent for mountain biking.
The trail has an achievable gradient with long rideable uphill sections. It is rocky and technical in places and more difficult to ride when wet and rainy. However, when you finally reach the hut the view is superb and the ride back down is phenomenal.
Track upgrades: In 2011-2012 the DOC Greymouth Team worked long hours for several months restoring the track from Ces Clark Hut down to Smoke-ho Car park. Dry rock stone work was used extensively to build the track back up to the high original standard set by the old gold miners.
Heli-biking: The quickest way to the top is by helicopter. Local pilots will fly you and your bike up there for $100-$150 per person depending on how many friends you arrange on the day.
Time: At a steady pace expect it to take 3-4 hours to reach Ces Clark Hut.
Local Trail AssociationWestland Mountain Bike Club (www.westlandmtbclub.co.nz)
More Stats for Croesus Track mountain bike trail
Altitude change2,008 ft
Altitude min801 ft
Altitude max3,082 ft
Altitude start1,040 ft
Altitude end3,049 ft
Distance climb3.7 miles
Distance down2.3 miles
Distance flat2,085 ft
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Croesus Track Trail Reports
Jun 26, 2016 @ 1:34pmJun 26, 2016
|Track was in good condition for our winter ride (end of june). There was rain the week beforehand, and rain overnight when we stayed in the hut....|