3 miles
933 ft
-836 ft
Avg time

Challenge Track Details

  • Riding Area
    Hunua Trails
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Global Ranking
    #44123 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking

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.

Access Info

Head up Waterline Road from the carpark past the dam, turn left at Wairoa Hill Road. track Starts on the left

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Challenge Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    97 ft
  • Altitude min
    919 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,253 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,032 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,128 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,033 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Oct 20, 2018
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 2.65 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to challenge-track trailhead (-37.067800, 175.144040)
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Challenge Track Trail Reports

Oct 20, 2018 @ 8:01pm
Oct 20, 2018
Jul 7, 2018 @ 3:47am
Jul 7, 2018
A bit of a dog to be honest. Wet and muddy and slippery despite no rain in the days prior. And very overgrown. A good challenge though!
Mar 2, 2018 @ 11:24pm
Mar 2, 2018
Challenger trail needs lot of work. Lots of bush, fallen trees and mud holes. Really struggling with climbing due to fallen trees and when into...
Sep 24, 2017 @ 2:10pm
Sep 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 @ 12:00am
Jul 13, 2017
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Nov 18, 2018 @ 10:48am
Nov 18, 2018
Challenge Track, Calgary
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Nov 18, 2018 @ 10:48am
Nov 18, 2018
Challenge Track, Calgary
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Nov 18, 2018 @ 10:48am
Nov 18, 2018
Challenge Track, Calgary
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Jul 7, 2018 @ 3:48am
Jul 7, 2018
Challenge Track, My City


2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag Jhundr (Mar 3, 2018 at 3:01)
 Tough trail, not recommended for beginner or not fit rider. Need to dismount for most climbing as it is too steep. Not recommended also on wet weather as per description it is hard to climb.

I have ride this without rain for about a week and there are slots that are still wet and muddy.

Trail is also need lot of work as there are lot of loose branches, vegetation and fallen trees that need to be cleared.
  • + 0
flag missK80 (Nov 18, 2018 at 10:42)
 This trail is more like bushwacking than riding. Completely overgrown in a lot of places and incredibly steep so expect to be pushing your bike a lot. It feels like you're forever climbing upwards, and the downs are short and unsatisfying. I'm not sure where the amazing views are, there was only one spot that had any kind of a view. This trail is NOT for beginners and if it has been raining you probably won't be able to push your bike up the steep slopes. This trail needs a lot of love and maintenance so avoid it for now.

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