1.7 miles
64 ft
-476 ft
781 ft
High Point

Starts with an old bully track that turns into a quick gravel sprint before dropping into Douglas Drop for some twisty singletrack. Douglas Drop drops straight into Shoelace trail where you're gonna have to get pedalling A efw ups and downs, a skinny bridge, then a quick sprint down the lower section of Bluff to the finish.

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AES Stage 5 is a 2 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Whangarei. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 64 ft with a max elevation of 781 ft then descends -476 ft.
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3 Reviews & Comments

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crayz77 (Jan 21, 2022 at 17:06)
Trail Douglas Drop
Great little addition to run into shoelace. Starts with a moderately steep but smooth decent, with a small pinch climb/bump in the middle to catch out first timers out.
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Jofan (Apr 18, 2019 at 17:32)
Trail Shoelace
Nice easy trail with a few narrow bridges
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Bungee73 (Mar 4, 2018 at 1:08)
Trail Bluff
The top half down to the Shoelace intersection is rubbish, don't waste your time, overgrown, rutted out and no fun, better off joining the trail via Shoelace trail.

Trails in Route

Firewood Rd2,247 ft
Douglas Drop2,051 ft
Firewood Rd62 ft
River Rd115 ft
Shoelace2,438 ft
Bluff1,808 ft


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More Stats for AES Stage 5 mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -412 ft
  • Altitude min
    369 ft
  • Altitude start
    781 ft
  • Altitude end
    371 ft
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  • Distance climb
    1,490 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    571 ft
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Shoelace Trail,  Northland, NZ
Shoelace Trail, Northland, NZ
trail: Shoelace
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May 16, 2018

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

River Rd
Dec 2, 2022 @ 2:55am
Dec 2, 2022
Plenty of roadworks going on here, diggers and big trucks driving around - not too much fun on a bike really
Douglas Drop
Nov 7, 2022 @ 1:44am
Nov 7, 2022
Slippery pine needles but the trail underneath seemed to be fine, a few pokey sticks on the edge should be removed soon, I just forgot to do it. The little UP but is still just a tad too slippery for me to get up but with more speed I'd say it could be done
Sep 16, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Sep 16, 2022
Report for the bottom from PITM/Shoelace - trail was clear but definitely wet and muddy in places but nowhere near as bad as the last report. Will ride Bluff top to bottom soon to update conditions
Firewood Rd
Sep 9, 2022 @ 5:52pm
Sep 9, 2022
Slippery all the way, mudbog and tree down
Sep 6, 2022 @ 4:50pm
Sep 6, 2022
Far too wet and muddy, not good, it is clear however
more reports »
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