1 miles
Distance
165 ft
Climb
-672 ft
Descent
00:12:03
Avg time

Bowenvale Downhill Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Victoria Park
    Christchurch
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #15498 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking

Start: Ride from Victoria Park along the Bowenvale Traverse Track to the top of Huntsbury Track near the Summit Road.

Finish: The bottom of Bowenvale Valley on the 4WD track. From the 4WD track it's a short ride out to Bowenvale Avenue.

Access: The fastest access is to ride the Bowenvale Traverse Track from Victoria Park. Alternatively ride up Rapaki Track and then take the Mt Vernon Track through to its end at the top of Huntsbury.

Signage: The track is sign posted at the airstrip.
- Classed as a grade three ride, this track was the first down hill track built on the Port Hills in the mid 90's.

- Start riding down the gravel surfaced 4WD Huntsbury Track for approx 500 metres.

- At an obvious junction at the head of an old airstrip turn left and follow a steep 4WD track that zig zags it's way down into the valley. The track surface is rough and riddled with ruts – so don't forget to hang on.

- At a pylon the track narrows to a fast flowing single track that takes you to the valley floor and the Bowenvale Valley 4WD Track.

This section of this track has recently been re-built, and offers some fun riding with many switch back corners and lots of grade reversal to pump through while traversing back and forth across the hill country.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Bowenvale Downhill bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -507 ft
  • Altitude min
    115 ft
  • Altitude max
    624 ft
  • Altitude start
    622 ft
  • Altitude end
    115 ft
  • Grade
    -8.056%
  • Grade max
    -60.527%
  • Grade min
    31.491%
  • Distance climb
    1,479 ft
  • Distance down
    4,506 ft
  • Distance flat
    303 ft
  • Avg time
    00:12:03
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Status:
on Sep 17, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.2 (9 votes)

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
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      Bowenvale Downhill Trail Reports

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      Sep 17, 2019 @ 11:03pm
      Sep 17, 2019
      Jul 8, 2019 @ 7:45pm
      Jul 8, 2019
      Fun track in the dry, track is currently very slippery and muddy.
      Jun 30, 2019 @ 2:03pm
      Jun 30, 2019
      Mostly dry now. Thanks to however did the recent work, it's now riding fast and smooth. The old stile has been replaced with a cattle-stop too....
      Jun 25, 2019 @ 12:40pm
      Jun 25, 2019
      Ok but a little slippery in the shadows.
      Jun 7, 2019 @ 3:20pm
      Jun 7, 2019
      Minor Water drainage issue, standing water on trail surface
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 78 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      • 291 rides
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      Jun 28, 2015 @ 3:58pm
      Jun 28, 2015
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