2,441 ft
Distance
83 ft
Climb
-223 ft
Descent
00:06:49
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
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 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
    170 ft
  • Altitude max
    318 ft
  • Altitude start
    317 ft
  • Altitude end
    176 ft
  • Grade
    -5.744%
  • Grade max
    -37.358%
  • Grade min
    17.694%
  • Distance climb
    339 ft
  • Distance down
    841 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,260 ft
  • Avg time
    00:06:49
  • Avg reverse time
    00:07:08
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      Caterpillars Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 18 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 316 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
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      • 2,461 rides
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      Videos

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      I CONQUERED JACOB'S LADDER // Plus Caterpillar...
      1:23 | 313 | Aug 17, 2019 , Cairns
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      6:26 | 306 | Jul 14, 2019 , Cairns
      Caterpillars - Smithfield Mountain Bike Park
      1:02 | 194 | Jul 26, 2019 , Cairns
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