4,211 ft
Distance
41 ft
Climb
-895 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
    #17527 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking
  • 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
    -854 ft
  • Altitude min
    485 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,339 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,339 ft
  • Altitude end
    485 ft
  • Grade
    -20.271%
  • Grade max
    -52.497%
  • Grade min
    22.809%
  • Distance climb
    382 ft
  • Distance down
    3,715 ft
  • Distance flat
    113 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
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  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Lava Flow Trail Reports

      datedescription
      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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