1 miles
183 ft
-715 ft
Avg time

No Brains Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Global Ranking
    #34259 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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.

Bike Park

More Stats for No Brains 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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,073 ft
  • Distance down
    4,685 ft
  • Distance flat
    392 ft
  • Avg time
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on Mar 17, 2018
Avg: 3.25 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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

  • 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
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to no-brains trailhead (-38.210240, 176.277952)
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No Brains Trail Reports

Mar 17, 2018 @ 10:05pm
Mar 17, 2018
Jan 13, 2018 @ 9:39pm
Jan 13, 2018
Covered in.branches. Numerous trees blocking.track..
Jan 13, 2018 @ 9:39pm
Jan 13, 2018
numerous trees blocking track . covered in branches and debris from storm .
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.
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Routes with this trail

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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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
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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