3 miles
Distance
811 ft
Climb
-1,479 ft
Descent
00:29:25
Avg time

Dry Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Slippery when wet but rideable
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #45707 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Dry Creek is a deviation from Boulder Hill. Ride up the Boulder Hill access road and turn right at the first seat you come to (the seat is there for a reason, you may want to take a breather). These tracks are unmaintained access tracks in Belmont Regional Park. On occasion they are used for various reasons (for example in 2014 the tracks were to lay a fibre optic cable across the hills from the Hutt Valley to Porirua)but most of the time see no traffic other than walkers and riders.

The trail is a combination of 3 uphill sections (including the first stage which is the Boulderhill track) and 3 down hill sections. The first 2 downhills are relatively short with very steep climbs after them. The second of the downhills is through open farm land and is very flowy - but slippery when wet. The final downhill moves from a flowing track to a rutted and very steep (18%) gravel track with a tight turn right at the bottom. The ruts move from side to side.

This can be a long ride for the distance. Expect between 40 minutes (for the fit) to 1 hr 30. It gets very hot in summer (and the cicada's can be leathal) but is quite sheltered in the winter (although wet and slippery).

Access Info

Access is from the Belmont Regional Park entry at Dry Creek. Turn off SH2 at the Haywards lights and take your first left and then right. Take the steep track to the left of the information sign and then right at the top on the gravel road.

This area has been victim to car break ins in the past so either make sure you take all your valuables with you or consider parking further up thge hill opposite the quarry (which is where some of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed).

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Dry Creek bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -669 ft
  • Altitude min
    143 ft
  • Altitude max
    996 ft
  • Altitude start
    811 ft
  • Altitude end
    143 ft
  • Grade max
    -78.377%
  • Grade min
    66.538%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,205 ft
  • Avg time
    00:29:25
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:02
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on Oct 22, 2019
Dry
Avg: 2 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • 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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Dry Creek Trail Reports

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      Oct 22, 2019 @ 5:25pm
      Oct 22, 2019
      Very much an uphill workout trail. Ensure that you do the loop in the direction described for the last quarter to be fun. Be careful right near...
      Dec 22, 2017 @ 1:48am
      Dec 22, 2017
      Dec 1, 2017 @ 2:26pm
      Dec 1, 2017
      Dry with very loose large gravel. Trail is fine, but need to check speed when cornering.
      Oct 5, 2017 @ 10:18pm
      Oct 5, 2017
      Most of the track has had a digger/grader over it since all the rain we've had. this has resurfaced alot of the hill sections which will take some...
      Apr 30, 2016 @ 6:19pm
      Apr 30, 2016
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      Apr 30, 2016 @ 6:22pm
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      Dry Creek Loop 6 June 2011 - full run
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