2,500 ft
Distance
-1,088 ft
Descent
00:15:11
Avg time

Maitai Face (full) Details

  • Riding Area
    Maitai Valley
    Nelson
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, DJ, RD, Fat, Adaptive MTB
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    All year (but hard in the wet)
  • TTFs on Trail
    Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #14830 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking

Maitai Face (full) is a steep, well made downhill track that is also trail bike friendly. It's super steep in places (over 50%). Built in pine forest it's off camber, rooty, has steep corners and is challenging. In the dry it has loads of grip - in the wet not so much. It finishes on the Maitai Valley Road opposite the golf club. The climb is not technical but hard work, worth it though.

You need a Hancock Forest Permit to ride this trail. You can get a 2 week permit from bike shops in Nelson for $10 or you get an annual one included in your NMTBC membership (www.nelsonmtb.club). Without a permit you are trespassing and liable for prosecution - plus it's a bad look for mountain bike access.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Maitai Face (full) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,088 ft
  • Altitude min
    139 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,227 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,227 ft
  • Altitude end
    139 ft
  • Grade
    -43.532%
  • Grade max
    -83.908%
  • Grade min
    -9.561%
  • Distance down
    2,500 ft
  • Avg time
    00:15:11
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Status:
on Sep 28, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (6 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
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      Maitai Face (full) Trail Reports

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      Sep 28, 2018 @ 1:29am
      Sep 28, 2018
      Rooting and debris from the wind quite loose
      Sep 7, 2018 @ 2:00pm
      Sep 7, 2018
      Lots of pig rooting
      Jan 4, 2018 @ 3:57pm
      Jan 4, 2018
      reporter Open
      Dec 18, 2017 @ 7:00pm
      Dec 18, 2017
      reporter Closed - high fire risk
      Dec 11, 2017 @ 1:51am
      Dec 11, 2017
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 37 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 100 rides
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      Photos

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      Jan 28, 2017 @ 2:33am
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      Maitai Face (full), Nelson
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      Maitai Face (full), Nelson
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      Jan 28, 2017 @ 1:59am
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      Maitai Face (full), Nelson
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      Jan 28, 2017 @ 1:52am
      Jan 28, 2017
      Maitai Face (full), Nelson

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