4,531 ft
Distance
33 ft
Climb
-166 ft
Descent
00:05:48
Avg time

Dragon's Tail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #789 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #746 in E-Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 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)

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More Stats for Dragon's Tail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -135 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,229 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,376 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,376 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,240 ft
  • Grade
    -3%
  • Grade max
    -16.7%
  • Grade min
    14.1%
  • Distance climb
    1,043 ft
  • Distance down
    2,808 ft
  • Distance flat
    682 ft
  • Avg time
    00:05:48
  • Avg reverse time
    00:12:54
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on Jun 20, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (22 votes)
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      Dragon's Tail Trail Reports

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      Jun 20, 2022 @ 3:53pm
      Jun 20, 2022
      reporter
      Tree Cleared CK/AF
      Jun 5, 2022 @ 7:35pm
      Jun 5, 2022
      reporter
      Surface clear and drainage
      Jun 4, 2022 @ 8:06pm
      Jun 4, 2022
      reporter
      Trees cleared
      Jun 3, 2022 @ 11:12pm
      Jun 3, 2022
      reporter Second tree down near end of trail passable
      Jun 3, 2022 @ 6:22pm
      Jun 3, 2022
      Lots of sticks around the trail from recent wind n rain
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 28 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 692 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      All
      • 6,190 rides
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      Jun 20, 2022 @ 3:55pm
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      Jun 10, 2022 @ 4:05pm
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      May 21, 2022 @ 3:00pm
      May 21, 2022
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      Oct 2, 2012 @ 6:53am
      Oct 2, 2012

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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Simon175 (Mar 1, 2020 at 0:13)
       Tree down approx 100m in. 1 March 2020
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      kaiwero (Dec 9, 2021 at 13:10)
       Tree down just before the end of the trail
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      • + 0
      Dannz87 (May 21, 2022 at 14:58)
       Tree down just past skid site blocking trail
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