4 miles
Distance
1,844 ft
Climb
-1,527 ft
Descent
00:58:29
Avg time

Fernhill Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain 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
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    All year
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #18254 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    1990
  • Land Manager

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. 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

More Stats for Fernhill Loop bike trail
  • Altitude change
    317 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,564 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,064 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,653 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,969 ft
  • Grade
    1.4%
  • Grade max
    -57.9%
  • Grade min
    74.9%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,181 ft
  • Avg time
    00:58:29
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on Apr 13, 2019
Wet
Avg: 3.85 (6 votes)

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  • Icy
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  • Wet
  • Variable
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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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • 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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      Fernhill Loop Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 3 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
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      • 75 rides
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      Jul 29, 2019 @ 6:02pm
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      Jun 12, 2018 @ 12:50am
      Jun 12, 2018
      89 |
      Jun 12, 2018 @ 12:50am
      Jun 12, 2018

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