Challenge Track Details
This is the first MTB track that was opened in the area. It’s a toughie and we know it has scared off a few beginners from the area – come back and ride the LOWER MANGATAWHIRI LOOP! The Challenge Trail follows a ridge above the dam and therefore traverses some pretty steep up and downs. Only try this one in the dry! It’s hard enough walking up those slopes in the wet let alone riding!
Anyway, it’s a good challenge for a fit rider and rewards you with some stunning views – you can look north and see the Sky Tower as a tiny little stick in the distance. There are also views down either side to the Mangatawhiri and Wairoa Dams. The story goes that someone has managed to ride this one with only 2 feet-downs. I can remember my best being 14!
From the campground, ride up towards and past the dam. Follow the signs taking you on a 4km gravel road climb alongside the Reservoir – good speedy in/out up/down until the climb proper starts. At the top the signs turn you back onto the main ridge and the tough single track begins. The route then comes out onto Moumoukai Road, where you drove in. Don’t forget to take the great 7 minute single track downhill on the left of the road halfway down. There had been plans to make this downhill from the very top, but a recent subsidence has curtailed this for now.
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More Stats for Challenge Track mountain bike trail
Altitude change97 ft
Altitude min919 ft
Altitude max1,253 ft
Altitude start1,032 ft
Altitude end1,128 ft
Distance climb1 miles
Distance down1 miles
Distance flat2,033 ft
Avg reverse time00:51:09
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Challenge Track Trail Reports
Sep 24, 2017 @ 2:10pmSep 24, 2017
|Small trees down across a section of the trail, can pass under. Very wet, 20+ Mud pools, unrideable,under 5% tyre traction. Current condition is...|
Jul 13, 2017 @ 12:00amJul 13, 2017
Jun 29, 2017 @ 12:00amJun 29, 2017
|reporter Closed for pest control, see http://regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/cmsfiles/files/Hunua%20Ranges%20Pest%20Control%20Operation%202017.pdf|
Jan 17, 2016 @ 11:07amJan 17, 2016
|reporter Still a bit muddy in spots|
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