3 miles
Distance
1,853 ft
Climb
-1,228 ft
Descent
00:24:18
Avg time

Back Track Details

  • Riding Area
    Arapuke Forest
    Palmerston North
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Doubletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #33092 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 15 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
    4.48%
  • Grade max
    -67.393%
  • Grade min
    67.089%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    439 ft
  • Avg time
    00:24:18
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:57
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Status:
on Jan 25, 2019
Variable
Avg: 3.5 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Icy
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      Directions to back-track trailhead (-40.470221, 175.612201)
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      Back Track Trail Reports

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      Jan 25, 2019 @ 9:02pm
      Jan 25, 2019
      Couple of wet patches, nothing dramatic, wet feet through the river crossings but that just adds to the fun
      Jan 11, 2019 @ 2:46pm
      Jan 11, 2019
      slip has been cleared and Back Track is now ridable, look out for residual debris and stationary machinery
      Dec 31, 2018 @ 5:18pm
      Dec 31, 2018
      reporter Closed due to major landslide.
      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
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 76 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 370 rides
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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
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      Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:47am
      Aug 27, 2018
      Back Track, Palmerston North
      10 |
      Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:47am
      Aug 27, 2018
      Back Track, Palmerston North

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