4,531 ft
Distance
33 ft
Climb
-166 ft
Descent
00:05:28
Avg time

Dragon's Tail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
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  • 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
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 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.

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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
    00:05:28
  • Avg reverse time
    00:07:36
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on Jun 17, 2024
Ideal
Avg: 4.4 (24 votes)
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      Dragon's Tail Trail Reports

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      Jun 17, 2024 @ 10:19pm
      Jun 17, 2024
      "Trail Maintenance In Progress" sign was up at 6pm tonight with no one on track
      Jun 14, 2024 @ 4:17pm
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