Kissing Rock Details
Riding AreaArapuke Forest
Bike TypeDH, AM, XC
DirectionDownhill OnlyPopular direction shown
eBike AllowedYes up to Class 1
TTFs on TrailBridge, Drop, Jump, Rock Face, Rock Garden
Global Ranking#3474 in Mountain Biking
Local Popularity80 in Mountain Biking [+]
- 60 in E-Biking
Land ManagerPalmerston North City Council
This is a demanding Grade 5 technical trail, although the whole trail has been designed to be rollable, we would suggest scouting some of the more technical features before attempting them. There are effectively 3 parts to Kissing Rock, each getting more and more technical as the hill gets steeper.
The trail starts opposite the Culvert Hub, just at the start of Check Point Charlie. A couple of technical log roll overs get you warmed up before you cross Zig Zag Road and briefly merge with Mr. Twister. You need to take a sharp left turn at the top of the rise to continue on Kissing Rock. This will take you into the first of many technical chutes. 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 is a steep rock berm to rock chute. What follows is a smorgasbord of log drops, steep roll-ins and short technical sections.
Eventually you will swoop down a big open section that merges once again with Mr. Twister. If you stay straight ahead you will swoop up a hill and come to the Shuttle Pick up bay. If you want to continue on Kissing Rock and head to the bottom of the hill you will need to take a right hand turn about half way up the hill to the shuttle. This is the continuation of Kissing Rock lower section. If you thought the top was a little tricky, the bottom only gets harder!
The 2nd section between the Shuttle Bay and the next Road crossing (Zig Zag Rd.) has some extended steep sections that can be quite tricky when wet, with plenty of wet roots and slippery clay surface to catch you out. If that wasn't bad enough, in the dry its pretty fast and furious.
Then you cross Zig Zag Rd. for a second time and head into the 3rd and final section of Kissing Rock 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 and has quite a compressed g-out at the bottom!
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.
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 trail
Altitude change-374 ft
Altitude min513 ft
Altitude max887 ft
Altitude start887 ft
Altitude end512 ft
Distance climb138 ft
Distance down2,523 ft
Distance flat82 ft
Avg reverse time00:01:54
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Kissing Rock Trail Reports
Mar 12, 2021 @ 4:06pmMar 12, 2021
Jan 19, 2021 @ 12:45pmJan 19, 2021
|Getting pretty overgrown, very dry and dusty.|
Aug 17, 2020 @ 6:40pmAug 17, 2020
|Trail running good, however quite a few overhanging branches.|
Aug 6, 2020 @ 12:48amAug 6, 2020
|Pretty much dry after a week of no rain. 1 or 2 boggy bits, but otherwise dry, with a few sections of loose dirt/rocks|
Jul 20, 2018 @ 8:20pmJul 20, 2018
|Rocks are slippery in most places|
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