5 miles
2,279 ft
-2,276 ft
968 ft
High Point

This loop starts and finishes at the main car park on South Karori Road. It climbs at a steady gradient via Koru and Sally Alley to roughly half way up the peak, before traversing across on Three Brothers.

From the end of Three Brothers you get to descend back to the car park on the fast, smooth and flowy JFK, Smokin, a short flat section of Ridgeline Extension, Big Tom's Wheelie and then finally Lazy Fern.

These are all intermediate grade tracks that are mostly under the trees and offer protection and shelter from the sun, wind or rain. This loops is a good option in the unlikely event that the weather's really bad, you don't feel like going all the way to the summit, or if you are short on time.

There are a variety of alternative tracks that can be used as part of the descent all of which are a harder grade than the tracks recommended, including Ridgeline Extension, SWIGG and Starfish instead of Lazy Fern or Magic Carpet and Live Wires depending on skill level and tastes.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
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More Stats for Three Brothers Lower Peak Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    393 ft
  • Altitude start
    436 ft
  • Altitude end
    438 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,641 ft
Avg: 4 (3 votes)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Makara: Smokin
Makara: Smokin
trail: Smokin'
3:17 | 59 | comments: 0 | favs:
Aug 14, 2018
Makara - Smokin' (Tighter Go Pro Chest...
Makara - Smokin' (Tighter Go Pro Chest Mount Straps for SJ4000)
trail: Smokin'
2:32 | 21 | comments: 0 | favs:
Aug 6, 2018
Makara Peak - Smokin Fork View
Makara Peak - Smokin Fork View
trail: Smokin'
1:33 | 23 | comments: 0 | favs:
Aug 6, 2018

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Dec 8, 2018 @ 8:18pm
Dec 8, 2018
Three Brothers (Part 1)
Dec 8, 2018 @ 8:18pm
Dec 8, 2018
Sally Alley
Dec 8, 2018 @ 12:29pm
Dec 8, 2018
Nov 15, 2018 @ 12:00pm
Nov 15, 2018
Lazy Fern
Nov 9, 2018 @ 10:28pm
Nov 9, 2018
Utterly sodden. Couple bits of clay on corners are a little greasy, but all rideable if you're not a beginner.
more reports »
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