Lava Flow Details
Riding AreaPort Hills West
Voted DifficultyBlack Diamond (1 vote)
DirectionDownhill OnlyPopular direction shown
TTFs on TrailDrop, Rock Face
Global Ranking#38228 in Mountain Biking
Local Popularity65 in Mountain Biking
Land OwnerChristchurch 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: Now connects into the Bowenvale bonus.
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.
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Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Lava Flow mountain bike trail trail
Altitude change-778 ft
Altitude min535 ft
Altitude max1,312 ft
Altitude start1,312 ft
Altitude end535 ft
Distance down3,632 ft
Distance flat23 ft
Avg reverse time00:30:50
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- Snow Groomed
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Snow Cover Inadequate
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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- < 2 days
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- Downhill Only
- Downhill Primary
- Both Directions
- Uphill Primary
- Uphill Only
- One Direction
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- mountain biking (>6 month)
- hiking (1 year)
- moto (1 year)
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Lava Flow Trail Reports
Feb 28, 2021 @ 12:47pmFeb 28, 2021
Jan 15, 2021 @ 3:13pmJan 15, 2021
|Overgrown, can't even tell where the trail goes|
Nov 5, 2019 @ 12:24amNov 5, 2019
|Pretty overgrown. Hard to tell where the trail actually is in some places.|
Oct 5, 2019 @ 1:17pmOct 5, 2019
May 18, 2019 @ 4:24pmMay 18, 2019
- 2 rides
- 11 miles avg distance
- 21 rides
- 23 miles avg distance
- 776 rides
- Last: Sep 21, 2023
Routes with this trail
|Tuesday Loop||12 miles|
|Phoenix Enduro 2022 race||29 miles|
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