1.1 miles
Distance
100 ft
Climb
-941 ft
Descent
00:16:14
Avg time
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Chewbacca Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Arapuke Forest
    Palmerston North
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Rock Garden, Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #8662 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #3886 in E-Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 35 in E-Biking
  • Year Opened
    2018
  • Land Manager
    Palmerston North City Council

Chewbacca is a challenging, constant Grade 4 test. Certainly at the hard end of the G4 spectrum and certainly in the wet

Chewbacca is hand cut single track, built by Empire of Dirt in 2018. Everything is rollable, but you certainly need your bike handling and brake control dialed. Great example of a modern MTB trail / enduro ride.

The trail starts at the Park Summit and continues down to Te Ara Kaikohi at the bottom. There is also the option to cut out at the half way mark, which will take you onto Check Point Charlie. This is a good option for those looking to lap the top half of the park or wanting to lap out to the Shuttle.

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More Stats for Chewbacca mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -840 ft
  • Altitude min
    550 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,404 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,404 ft
  • Altitude end
    564 ft
  • Grade
    -14.609%
  • Grade max
    -63.181%
  • Grade min
    29.495%
  • Distance climb
    897 ft
  • Distance down
    4,555 ft
  • Distance flat
    275 ft
  • Avg time
    00:16:14
  • Avg reverse time
    00:10:17
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Status:
on Mar 12, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 5 (7 votes)

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  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Chewbacca Trail Reports

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      Mar 12, 2021 @ 4:06pm
      Mar 12, 2021
      Feb 26, 2021 @ 6:21pm
      Feb 26, 2021
      Jan 16, 2021 @ 12:40pm
      Jan 16, 2021
      Quite dusty in places especially the second section after the rock roll.
      Mar 15, 2020 @ 6:24pm
      Mar 15, 2020
      reporter A bit dusty in places, but riding very, very well at the moment.
      Jun 3, 2019 @ 5:48pm
      Jun 3, 2019
      Quite slippery on the roots and off camber!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 18 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 426 rides
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      116 |
      Mar 17, 2019 @ 12:46am
      Mar 17, 2019
      207 |
      Feb 14, 2019 @ 2:48pm
      Feb 14, 2019

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      Zacscott (Apr 19, 2019 at 15:10)
       Freaking awesome new track. Track takes from near the top of the park down to the river. Worth parking at the bottom carpark and riding down for. There is a tricky rock drop at the second entrance that you may want to scout ahead of time.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Peersie (Feb 2, 2021 at 17:10)
       I love this track but it should be a black trail I accidently took my father down the trail and he didn't like it so much. there are plenty of steep sections for those of you who like that stuff.
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      Videos

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      youtuber FAST & TECHY - Chewbacca Mountain Bike...
      6:10 | 144 | Feb 1, 2021 , Palmerston North
      youtuber Chewbacca @ Arapuke Forest Trails
      7:11 | 531 | Jan 9, 2019 , Palmerston North
      Chewbacca. Slow & Steady as you go.
      8:48 | 52 | Mar 23, 2021 , Palmerston North
      Arapuke Chewbacca
      6:49 | 570 | Dec 28, 2019 , Palmerston North
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