2,740 ft
Distance
6 ft
Climb
-375 ft
Descent
00:07:45
Avg time
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Kissing Rock Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Arapuke Forest
    Palmerston North
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #3474 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in E-Biking

This whole trail is rollable, we would suggest scouting some of the more technical features before attempting them.

A couple of technical log roll overs get you warmed up before you cross Zig Zag Road and head around to the first of the drops. The trail pops up off the road then drops down to the right with quite a steep roll in.

Be aware This needs to be looked at if its your first time down as it has off-camber roots on it and drops to the side not straight. What follows is a smorgasbord of log drops, steep roll-ins and short technical sections. After crossing a small bridge there is an option to exit to the Shuttle pick up on your left.

After reaching the sideline above the Kahuterawa Valley you get a breather before more roots give you a wake up before the trail turns right and starts to drop steeply beside Rhythm and Vines, tricky off camber sections will keep you on your toes before a hard right tun down to Zig Zag Road,

Cross the road and head into the next section which will test your nerve even more,

It is probably wise to have a look at some of these features before riding as they have fairly high consequence if done wrong.

Drop in off the road to a gentle warm up around to a technical rock garden, then a descending left turn that is pretty tricky will lead you to the Kissing Rock!

A monster rock that was found while scouting this trail out is now a centre piece of the trail. watch your speed as roll in as it is STEEP!

Once down this the trail continues with more rock gardens and a couple more tight descending turns as you traverse the hill dropping to one last big rock roll before exiting on to the bottom of Zig Zag Road just above the bridge, across the road there is more fun to be had all the way to the picnic table by the stream.

Access Info

Kissing rock starts opposite the Culvert trail hub right next to the entrance to Checkpoint Charlie.

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More Stats for Kissing Rock mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -374 ft
  • Altitude min
    513 ft
  • Altitude max
    887 ft
  • Altitude start
    887 ft
  • Altitude end
    512 ft
  • Grade
    -13.7%
  • Grade max
    -53.1%
  • Grade min
    7.6%
  • Distance climb
    138 ft
  • Distance down
    2,523 ft
  • Distance flat
    82 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:45
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on Jul 20, 2018
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Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Stairs Stairs
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      Kissing Rock Trail Reports

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      Jul 20, 2018 @ 8:20pm
      Jul 20, 2018
      Rocks are slippery in most places
      Jun 16, 2017 @ 10:34pm
      Jun 16, 2017
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