1 miles
183 ft
-715 ft
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No Brains Details

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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
    -532 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,370 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,909 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,908 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,376 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,073 ft
  • Distance down
    4,685 ft
  • Distance flat
    392 ft
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No Brains Trail Reports

Oct 7, 2017 @ 12:35am
Oct 7, 2017
Jul 26, 2017 @ 12:09am
Jul 26, 2017
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. Storm damage, debris on track.
Jan 13, 2017 @ 9:31pm
Jan 13, 2017
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Routes with this trail

WHAKA100 Official 2017 race
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Whaka 100 2016 race
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Cyclezone Winter MTB Series 2016, Event 3 (long Course) race
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