2,916 ft
Distance
89 ft
Climb
-359 ft
Descent
00:06:50
Avg time

Live Wires Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #5199 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    1999
  • Land Manager
    Wellington City Council

Fun fast track with a natural surface. The track splits half way down with the Intermediate/Advanced (Blue) line running on the right and the Expert Black) line running off to the left. The tracks rejoin and run out together.

Built by Makara Peak volunteers in 1998 and 1999. Most of it was originally called Pylon 19.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Live Wires mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -270 ft
  • Altitude min
    410 ft
  • Altitude max
    728 ft
  • Altitude start
    728 ft
  • Altitude end
    458 ft
  • Grade
    -9.261%
  • Grade max
    -42.395%
  • Grade min
    31.722%
  • Distance climb
    782 ft
  • Distance down
    1,882 ft
  • Distance flat
    252 ft
  • Avg time
    00:06:50
  • Avg reverse time
    00:18:11
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Status:
on Apr 28, 2020
Variable
Avg: 4.5 (18 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
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  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Live Wires Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Apr 28, 2020 @ 3:18pm
      Apr 28, 2020
      reporter Track care as there is a lot of debris on track following the park closure and recent storms
      Apr 23, 2020 @ 12:00am
      Apr 23, 2020
      Apr 8, 2020 @ 11:46pm
      Apr 8, 2020
      reporter Park closed to mountain biking during COVID-19 alert level 4
      Jan 31, 2020 @ 11:08pm
      Jan 31, 2020
      reporter A bit wet in the usual place but otherwise great
      Jan 30, 2020 @ 12:38pm
      Jan 30, 2020
      The black run is incredibly great as steep,rocky and technical becomes a pro track in the wet
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 13 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 559 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,556 rides
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      Photos

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      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Some tasty tech runs - with a nasty climb
      6 miles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag markbowden (Apr 3, 2015 at 16:40)
       Very cool track with abit of everything, took a wrong turn tho and ended up on a black diamond bitof track , was pretty mean, hard work tho if you were planning for blue run all the way down!!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag longliveenduro MTB - Augsburg (Jan 13, 2018 at 22:23)
       I liked that much more the going down via Swigg and Starfish. Would recommend this for your way down!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag MoonChicken (Jan 30, 2020 at 12:37)
       I would say it is the best track in the park. The intermediate is not as good but the black run is incredibly steep and technical. If you're looking for some fun in your last run go down this track and go left for the black runs.
      10/10
      [Reply]

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