2.6 miles
Distance
1,082 ft
Climb
-472 ft
Descent
00:29:08
Avg time

Back Track Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Arapuke Forest
    Palmerston North
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Doubletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat, Gravel, Adaptive MTB
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #58824 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #8283 in E-Biking
    • #36370 in Trail Running
    • #68652 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    Palmerston North City Council

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.

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More Stats for Back Track mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    608 ft
  • Altitude min
    512 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,163 ft
  • Altitude start
    525 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,132 ft
  • Grade
    4.4%
  • Grade max
    -45.6%
  • Grade min
    56.1%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4,308 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,194 ft
  • Avg time
    00:29:08
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:49
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on Jan 3, 2023
Ideal
Avg: 3.45 (7 votes)
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      Back Track Trail Reports

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      Jan 3, 2023 @ 5:16am
      Jan 3, 2023
      Dec 22, 2021 @ 1:43pm
      Dec 22, 2021
      No issues for the trip up to the end of Scotts Rd. River Ford's are low and easy to cross.
      Feb 19, 2021 @ 12:46pm
      Feb 19, 2021
      Sep 6, 2020 @ 1:42am
      Sep 6, 2020
      Wet and a bit muddy under forest cover but nothing too dramatic.
      Jun 28, 2020 @ 5:30pm
      Jun 28, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 72 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 933 rides
      • Last: Jan 23, 2023

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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      femkesvs (Dec 19, 2022 at 17:43)
      Tree down and blocking the full width of the trail about 1.5km in from the lower parking lot after the second stream crossing. It is passable by carrying and shoving your bike awkwardly through the branches but is a bit of a challenge – expect to get yourself scratched and dirty. Took us two people per bike to get them through. Other than that, great climb to the top and awesome on an e-bike.
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      • + 0
      dickersoncantride (Jan 6, 2022 at 11:41)
      Wide gravel trail with four (or is it five) shallow water crossings, walkers and doggos. Mostly shady. Try and avoid the native snails. Many pest traps, have encountered dead possums so watch your pup.
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      • + 0
      GrahamPudney (Mar 28, 2019 at 23:00)
      Good slog climb to the top.
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