This trail is permanently closed/decommissioned
2,431 ft
Distance
10 ft
Climb
-150 ft
Descent
00:09:41
Avg time
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Caterpillars Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Smithfield
    Cairns
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #3246 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #1106 in E-Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in E-Biking

Caterpillars is one of Cairns' most well known descent trails, part of the UCI World Cup XC. The trail begins with 'Jacob's Ladder' a series of tight switchbacks then multiple descent options to roll into the next section of trail which consists of fast corners, rollers, jumps and gap jumps. There are alternate lines for each of the gap jumps.

Access Info

Start of the Jacob's Ladder / Caterpillars trail is from the Centipede climb, the water tank climb or Whiskers O'Flaherty.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Caterpillars mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -140 ft
  • Altitude min
    172 ft
  • Altitude max
    318 ft
  • Altitude start
    318 ft
  • Altitude end
    177 ft
  • Grade
    -5.8%
  • Grade max
    -26.3%
  • Grade min
    4.6%
  • Distance climb
    299 ft
  • Distance down
    1,791 ft
  • Distance flat
    341 ft
  • Avg time
    00:09:41
  • Avg reverse time
    00:11:31
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on Jul 11, 2022
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      Caterpillars Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 10 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 29 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3,271 rides
      • Last: Jun 22, 2024

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      Nov 25, 2017 @ 10:58pm
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      I CONQUERED JACOB'S LADDER // Plus Caterpillar...
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      6:26 | 486 | Jul 14, 2019 , Cairns
      Caterpillars - Smithfield Mountain Bike Park
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