4,073 ft
Distance
25 ft
Climb
-857 ft
Descent
00:15:01
Avg time

Lava Flow Details

  • Riding Area
    Port Hills West
    Christchurch
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Christchurch City Council

Start: Ride the Bowenvale Traverse track for approx 500m towards Victoria Park from the Mt Vernon end. The track starts on the right about 100m past the first cattle stop.

Finish: The bottom of Bowenvale Valley – ride the shared use 4WD track out to Bowenvale car park.

Access: Ride from Victoria Park car park along Bowenvale Traverse track. The fastest access is from the end of the Bowenvale Traverse track.

Signage: None at either end of the Summit Road where you access the ride, but the track is signposted at the start.

Classed as a difficult ride, this track definitely lives up to its reputation with steep descents and incredibly rocky terrain.

Make your way along a boulder strewn single track for approx 500m before launching into a steep descent which takes you into Bowenvale Valley.

The gnarly 2-3 foot drops have easier routes, so don't be intimidated by this good piece of down hill action.

Make sure you've got a good back tire or spare tubes as snake bites are common.

A great track if you want to step up your down hilling skills away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria Park.

The track passes through tussock land with great views into the Bowenvale Valley.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lava Flow bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -832 ft
  • Altitude min
    463 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,295 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,295 ft
  • Altitude end
    463 ft
  • Grade
    -20.427%
  • Grade max
    -53.476%
  • Grade min
    25.098%
  • Distance climb
    180 ft
  • Distance down
    3,736 ft
  • Distance flat
    157 ft
  • Avg time
    00:15:01
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Status:
on Oct 10, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.25 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lava-flow-27782 trailhead (-43.595810, 172.659920)
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Lava Flow Trail Reports

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Oct 10, 2018 @ 2:14pm
Oct 10, 2018
Could do with some lawnmower action.
Sep 22, 2018 @ 6:13pm
Sep 22, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 @ 7:54pm
Jun 24, 2018
Top half of the track which follows the ridgeline is fine, but the second half has been adversely affected by water. Probably needs a few more...
Feb 19, 2018 @ 4:32am
Feb 19, 2018
Minor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts developing, brake bumps)
Oct 3, 2017 @ 11:38am
Oct 3, 2017
Rideable but very overgrown
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Lava Flow, Christchurch

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