4,523 ft
Distance
72 ft
Climb
-216 ft
Descent
00:15:47
Avg time

Dragon's Tail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #379 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in E-Biking

Undulating and flowing, the hardpack surface is fast rolling. Able to be ridden slowly with no difficult features. Still lots of fun to ride fast and link up the turns at warp speed.

Turn right as you enter a clearing about half way down the trail, to roll through a great sequence of berms.
(If you were to take the left hand fork when you see the clearing and berms you would be on Te Ara Puna trail which climbs to a high point then drops through a tight bermed section to a clearing and a forest road that takes you to the Duck Pond on Larch Rd.)

After the berms on Dragon's Tail there is more fast and flowy singletrack before hitting some challenging little pinch climbs into tight switchbacks towards the end.
Like most trails, this will be one that really rewards riding it a lot - as you get to know it, it just gets faster and better. Take care at the exits on to Red Tank Rd. There are several options including a couple of steep chutes that take you (very quickly) onto Red Tank Rd.

source: Ride Rotorua
Access Info

This runs from Red Tank Rd with the entrance on the left hand side not far down from Bunny Jugs (and Be Rude Not To)

Bike Park

More Stats for Dragon's Tail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -145 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,181 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,371 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,329 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,184 ft
  • Grade
    -3.195%
  • Grade max
    -22.741%
  • Grade min
    34.462%
  • Distance climb
    789 ft
  • Distance down
    2,816 ft
  • Distance flat
    760 ft
  • Avg time
    00:15:47
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:04
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Status:
on Feb 22, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (20 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
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  • Camping Camping
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  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Dragon's Tail Trail Reports

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      Feb 22, 2021 @ 11:57am
      3 days
      Mowed side rd access
      Feb 20, 2021 @ 3:50pm
      Feb 20, 2021
      reporter
      some corner repairs midway
      Feb 16, 2021 @ 11:05pm
      Feb 16, 2021
      reporter Needs a fern trim
      Feb 7, 2021 @ 4:03pm
      Feb 7, 2021
      reporter
      Cut back ferns cleared surface
      Jan 30, 2021 @ 11:18am
      Jan 30, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 18 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 626 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      All
      • 4,280 rides
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      Feb 22, 2021 @ 11:58am
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      Feb 22, 2021 @ 11:58am
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      Nov 13, 2020 @ 4:25pm
      Nov 13, 2020
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      Oct 2, 2012 @ 6:53am
      Oct 2, 2012

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      1 Review & Comments

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      Simon175 Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Mar 1, 2020 at 0:13)
       Tree down approx 100m in. 1 March 2020
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