No Brains Details
Trail UsageBiking Primary
As the climb up Lookout Rd gradually flattens out there is an obvious forestry skid road to the right. This leads into a skid site clearing before entering the forested part of No Brains. It is a common point of entry, but is not the whole trail; Climb further on Lookout Rd to reach the absolute summit with cell phone towers. On a clear day great views over the Horohoro bluffs to Ruapehu, Green Lake, Mt Tarawera and Rainbow Mountain.
From there, head down a steep trail with the remnants of big, old water bar features. The trail flattens out to skirt around the contour of Kakapiko before reaching the skid site mentioned previously.
From here it's predominantly downhill with sections of decent speed before reaching a fork in the trail: To the right is the No Brains Extension. To the left is the original No Brains trail. Take the left and the lesser used No Brains route will eventually drop out onto Dump Rd which is an old, unused forestry road.
The trail is unusual for an 'Old School' design, which doesn't try and squeeze every inch of trail possible out of the available gradient. Instead it keeps speed relatively high with straight(ish) sections.
With limited traffic due to its location the trail surface changes seasonally.
Do not ride up the tar seal 8 Mile Gate road - It is a private road that is closed to recreational users and when it's busy the loaded logging trucks use it at pace.
Usually accessed via Fern Dr to Long Dr then Sandstone Rd to get to the start of the Lookout Rd climb.
Can also be access from the other direction for riders coming along Tikitapu or Green Lake Rd. This is becoming a more common access method now for riders completing Kung Fu Walrus trail, then doing No Brains.
The trail proper starts from the top of Lookout Rd on the summit of Kakapiko.
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More Stats for No Brains mountain bike trail
Altitude change-532 ft
Altitude min1,370 ft
Altitude max1,909 ft
Altitude start1,908 ft
Altitude end1,376 ft
Distance climb2,073 ft
Distance down4,685 ft
Distance flat392 ft
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Routes with this trail
|WHAKA100 Official 2016 race||64.7 miles|
|Whaka 100 2016 race||61.3 miles|
|Cyclezone Winter MTB Series 2016, Event 3 (long Course) race||25.5 miles|
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