3 miles
1,853 ft
-1,228 ft
Avg time

Back Track Details

  • Riding Area
    Arapuke Forest
    Palmerston North
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Family Friendly
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #33092 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The old classic! A two way trail open to bikers and walkers only, be aware of oncoming bikers and particularly in Summer, there are lots of walkers passing through as it is part of the Te Araroa National Walkway.

This is the main access trail for the park leading you up to Pūpū Rahi around 900m from the start.

The trail is a nice uphill climb to the Scotts Rd carpark, the surface is rocky and there are 4 creek crossings on the way up which can make your feet wet if there has been a lot of rain. The first part climbs through a gully of native bush before opening out above farmland which gives a nice view back to where you started, this is a good spot to take a breather on the seat kindly provided by the PN City Council. The second half of the track sidles around the hill steadily gaining elevation. This part of the track has a fun short downhill section before the last climb to the top. Back track is only open to bikers and walkers but it is occasionally used by farm and council vehicles.

Backtrack is an old paper road that is part of the Te Araroa Walkway which has reverted back to a nice natural 4wd drive road climb through native bush.

Access Info

Accessed by veering right after crossing black bridge at the end of Kahuterawa Rd.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Back Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    625 ft
  • Altitude min
    508 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,189 ft
  • Altitude start
    513 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,138 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    439 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Aug 1, 2018
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to back-track trailhead (-40.470221, 175.612201)
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Back Track Trail Reports

Aug 1, 2018 @ 8:33pm
Aug 1, 2018
Nice and fast. Wet but not muddy. Two creek crossing but feet stay dry.
Mar 31, 2018 @ 2:58pm
Mar 31, 2018
Aug 21, 2017 @ 10:42pm
Aug 21, 2017
Note the muddy slip has been cleared and Back Track is running great all the way to the summit.
Aug 1, 2017 @ 11:49pm
Aug 1, 2017
Very muddy slip about three quarters the way up.
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Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:48am
Aug 27, 2018
Back Track, Palmerston North
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Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:48am
Aug 27, 2018
Back Track, Palmerston North
7 |
Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:47am
Aug 27, 2018
Back Track, Palmerston North
6 |
Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:47am
Aug 27, 2018
Back Track, Palmerston North

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