5,279 ft
Distance
65 ft
Climb
-438 ft
Descent
00:09:53
Avg time

No Brains Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #34259 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 40 in E-Biking

As the climb up Lookout Rd gradually flattens out there is an obvious forestry skid road to the right. This leads into a skid site clearing before entering the forested part of No Brains. It is a common point of entry, but is not the whole trail; Climb further on Lookout Rd to reach the absolute summit with cell phone towers. On a clear day great views over the Horohoro bluffs to Ruapehu, Green Lake, Mt Tarawera and Rainbow Mountain.
From there, head down a steep trail with the remnants of big, old water bar features. The trail flattens out to skirt around the contour of Kakapiko before reaching the skid site mentioned previously.
From here it's predominantly downhill with sections of decent speed before reaching a fork in the trail: To the right is the No Brains Extension. To the left is the original No Brains trail. Take the left and the lesser used No Brains route will eventually drop out onto Dump Rd which is an old, unused forestry road.
The trail is unusual for an 'Old School' design, which doesn't try and squeeze every inch of trail possible out of the available gradient. Instead it keeps speed relatively high with straight(ish) sections.
With limited traffic due to its location the trail surface changes seasonally.

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Access Info

Do not ride up the tar seal 8 Mile Gate road - It is a private road that is closed to recreational users and when it's busy the loaded logging trucks use it at pace.
Usually accessed via Fern Dr to Long Dr then Sandstone Rd to get to the start of the Lookout Rd climb.
Can also be access from the other direction for riders coming along Tikitapu or Green Lake Rd. This is becoming a more common access method now for riders completing Kung Fu Walrus trail, then doing No Brains.
The trail proper starts from the top of Lookout Rd on the summit of Kakapiko.

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More Stats for No Brains mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -373 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,535 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,909 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,909 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,535 ft
  • Grade
    -7.1%
  • Grade max
    -41%
  • Grade min
    15.5%
  • Distance climb
    860 ft
  • Distance down
    4,098 ft
  • Distance flat
    322 ft
  • Avg time
    00:09:53
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:29
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Status:
on Jul 26, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 2.8 (5 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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  • 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
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  • 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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      No Brains Trail Reports

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      Jul 26, 2020 @ 2:06pm
      Jul 26, 2020
      Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. After turning left to continue at the fork with No Brains Extension, just down the hill to the...
      Jul 12, 2020 @ 2:45pm
      Jul 12, 2020
      reporter
      Tree has been cleared. - LT
      Jul 10, 2020 @ 4:25pm
      Jul 10, 2020
      Tree down just after the big slippery corner
      Jul 3, 2020 @ 3:22pm
      Jul 3, 2020
      Lots of small pieces of windfall. Really needs a clear
      Jun 6, 2020 @ 3:38pm
      Jun 6, 2020
      SWEET
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 29 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 37 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 117 rides
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      Jul 8, 2019 @ 10:52pm
      Jul 8, 2019

      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      Whaka100 2020 / unofficial race
      61 miles
      Whaka 100 2016 race
      61 miles
      Cyclezone Winter MTB Series 2016, Event 3 (long Course) race
      26 miles
      WHAKA100 Official 2017 race
      65 miles

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      flag DDB1 (Feb 3, 2018 at 15:05)
       I have always wondered about this outback trail as have lived nearby for years and never ridden it. I will not bother again. Its right out there on a limb and, the climb is a loose and fairly steep access road. The downhill trail is really naff. Not very technical and squanders elevation. Certainly not a grade 4, grade 3 for sure. The only redeeming feature is the view from the top. That said you get a better view from top of Timewarp or Kung Fu. Two thumbs down from me!
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      • + 1
      flag longliveenduro MTB - Augsburg (Mar 10, 2020 at 0:03)
       Boring
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