4.9 miles
Distance
1,635 ft
Climb
-1,609 ft
Descent
01:19:22
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Fernhill Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Fernhill Trails
    Queenstown
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T3 Demanding Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    All year
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #54538 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #90842 in Trail Running
    • #94134 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in E-Biking
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    1990
  • Land Owner

A classic Queenstown trail chock full of gnarly roots that started life as a DOC (govt) track, was shunted by DOC to the QLDC (local council) who the ignored it for a couple of years and closed it. Now licensed to QMTBC who will upgrade, extend and maintain it.
The west (Fernhill) side climb from the Wynyard bike park is a great way to access the McNearlyGnarly jump trail. The East (bike park) side has a great descent that links into Squid Run and there are awesome views from the top if you continue past the treeline where Beech As exits has a fantastic backcounty feel just minutes from the town center.

Access Info

Access from Wynyard Bike Park where the first 1.4km are nice and easy up to McNearlyGnarly but its gets steeper up until you get to the open to visit McGazzas bench and you'll have to push for about 30 mins. Also accessed via Beeched As where you can choose to descend the East side 'roots' into Squid Run or carry on round to Mcgazzas bench and down the west side to McNearlyGnarly

Disclaimer

Shared use track so be aware of walkers

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Fernhill Loop mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    25 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,615 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,061 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,615 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,640 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -72.3%
  • Grade min
    56.3%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,932 ft
  • Avg time
    01:19:22
  • Avg reverse time
    01:16:30
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      Fernhill Loop Trail Reports

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      Apr 5, 2024 @ 11:47pm
      Apr 5, 2024
      Trees cleared good to go
      Mar 29, 2024 @ 1:59pm
      Mar 29, 2024
      Tree down on roots section
      Feb 7, 2024 @ 8:43pm
      Feb 7, 2024
      Veg cut back on last part of the climb as per King Ben Hildred request.
      Jan 27, 2024 @ 3:22pm
      Jan 27, 2024
      Too busy, loads of odd balls, Jake hood needs to get his weed whacker out. Love your work Tom (not Jake)
      Dec 11, 2023 @ 1:30am
      Dec 11, 2023
      Top section on beech side between one mile creek and the open has lots of overhanging trees needing cut back. very narrow. Section just before...
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