2.0 miles
Distance
34 ft
Climb
-1,419 ft
Descent
00:25:46
Avg time

Cockayne Alley Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Craigieburn Trails
    Craigieburn Forest Park
  • AKA
    Cheeseman Downhill, Cheesy DH, Chesus of Nazareth
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Oct - Apr
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #8552 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #27631 in E-Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in E-Biking
  • Land Manager
    Department of Conservation

A DH track which starts well above treeline just beyond the locked gate on Cheeseman Rd. Check out the views before traversing through tussock lands, then things get a bit steeper once you enter the forest. Please be aware that the trail surface above treeline is fragile when wet or frosted and you should consider riding something less prone to damage.

Please note: DOC have stated no more tracks are to be developed below the Cheeseman Skifield Road.

Access Info

Ride up Cheeseman Rd. You can exit on to the road from a couple of different spots near the bottom or link in to Drac Flat Trail and pop out at Texas Flat parking area.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Cockayne Alley mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,386 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,931 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,317 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,317 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,930 ft
  • Grade
    -12.8%
  • Grade max
    -71.3%
  • Grade min
    10.7%
  • Distance climb
    942 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    157 ft
  • Avg time
    00:25:46
  • Avg reverse time
    00:10:48
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Status:
on Apr 9, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.65 (19 votes)

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      Cockayne Alley Trail Reports

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      Apr 9, 2022 @ 3:02pm
      Apr 9, 2022
      Hero dirt. Trail running well.
      Oct 23, 2021 @ 2:27pm
      Oct 23, 2021
      May 18, 2021 @ 10:39pm
      May 18, 2021
      reporter Closed for Winter 2021
      Jan 17, 2021 @ 11:32pm
      Jan 17, 2021
      reporter
      Oct 22, 2020 @ 12:31am
      Oct 22, 2020
      reporter Open for Summer 20/21
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 74 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      longliveenduro MTB - Augsburg (Jan 30, 2020 at 14:06)
       Super nice rework end of 2019! Grade is more a single black. Super fun!
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      • + 1
      2d-cutout (Apr 24, 2021 at 4:37)
       Mega fun trail although I disagree with longliveenduro. In Nelson this would be a Grade 4, but for Cragieburn it's a 5 in the dry, hard 5 in the wet.

      1/4 in the open, really fast and great. 3/4 in the trees where it's quite rooty and variable. 'Easy' in the dry, but the quantity of roots mean it's going to be a nice challenge in the wet. Not overwhelmingly rooty though - if you ride Nelson it's like a pretty tame version of Peking Ridge.
      90% of the pedal up is easy, last little bit can be very windy and loose. Shuttleable.
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      Videos

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      youtuber Committed to Getting Pitted - Mt. Cheeseman,...
      8:11 | 410 | Feb 20, 2019 , Craigieburn Forest Park
      youtuber Cheesy Downhill F*** YEAH! - Canterbury NZ
      7:01 | 753 | Dec 7, 2017 , Craigieburn Forest Park
      Riding the Cockayne Alley, Craigieburn Forest...
      9:30 | 345 | May 25, 2019 , Craigieburn Forest Park
      youtuber Cockayne Alley Trail, Cragieburn, New Zealand
      3:42 | 516 | Feb 10, 2018 , Craigieburn Forest Park
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