1.1 miles
Distance
3 ft
Climb
-875 ft
Descent
00:15:47
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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
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  • 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
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 30 in E-Biking
  • Year Opened
    2018
  • Land Owner
    Palmerston North City Council

Chewbacca is a challenging, technical trail. It is steep and gets even more difficult 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
    -871 ft
  • Altitude min
    559 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,436 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,436 ft
  • Altitude end
    564 ft
  • Grade
    -15%
  • Grade max
    -51.2%
  • Grade min
    12%
  • Distance climb
    115 ft
  • Distance down
    5,023 ft
  • Distance flat
    663 ft
  • Avg time
    00:15:47
  • Avg reverse time
    00:13:45
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on Jul 21, 2023
Wet
Avg: 5 (7 votes)
Your vote: 0

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      Chewbacca Trail Reports

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      Jul 21, 2023 @ 1:44am
      Jul 21, 2023
      pretty wet and slimy.
      Mar 1, 2023 @ 6:46am
      Mar 1, 2023
      Dec 26, 2022 @ 2:39pm
      Dec 26, 2022
      quite overgrown in places. some big ruts developing.
      Apr 10, 2022 @ 7:55pm
      Apr 10, 2022
      Running pretty well after a few days of rain. A few ruts developing, aswell as it becoming a bit overgrown in places.
      Mar 12, 2021 @ 4:06pm
      Mar 12, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 65 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      • 757 rides
      • Last: Apr 7, 2024

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      Mar 7, 2023 @ 8:44pm
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      Mar 17, 2019 @ 12:46am
      Mar 17, 2019
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      Feb 14, 2019 @ 2:48pm
      Feb 14, 2019

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