1 miles
Distance
516 ft
Climb
-890 ft
Descent
00:07:26
Avg time

North Face Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    All Season
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Jump, Rock Garden, Wallride
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #3191 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This popular downhill route from the summit is sheltered from the southerly (hence the name) and built on top of typically rocky Makara Peak terrain.

The track is a step up in technical difficulty and challenge from Peak Flow. It starts off with a fast section with nice flow through a couple of bermed switchbacks, rollers and shaped corners weaving between native trees.

There are a couple of short pinch climbs through the middle section, the track surface gets fairly rough in places, and there are a couple of off-camber corners and rocky outcrops to negotiate. The last part of the track winds it's way down the hill via a series of flat and bermed switchbacks, some of which are quite exposed on the outside edge.

If you're comfortable with Peak Flow and want a new challenge, give it a go. The track doesn't get really steep, but there are a couple of sections intermediate grade riders may prefer to walk while they build their confidence and skills.

As of mid 2017, the trail surface has degraded to the point where it's quite rough in places, and the trail is now considered either a hard grade 3 (intermediate) or an easy grade 4 (advanced).

North Face flows straight into JFK, Smokin' which are genuine intermediate grade trails.

Access Info

From the summit platform, follow the signs straight down the hill. At the intersection with Zac's track via right - it's all well sign posted.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for North Face bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -374 ft
  • Altitude min
    879 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,294 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,254 ft
  • Altitude end
    880 ft
  • Grade
    -6.15%
  • Grade max
    -67.559%
  • Grade min
    65.518%
  • Distance climb
    2,502 ft
  • Distance down
    3,396 ft
  • Distance flat
    183 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:26
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Status:
on Dec 21, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4.05 (18 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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  • 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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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      North Face Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Dec 21, 2018 @ 3:25pm
      Dec 21, 2018
      Dec 10, 2018 @ 3:19pm
      Dec 10, 2018
      Dec 8, 2018 @ 8:18pm
      Dec 8, 2018
      Dry overall with a few tacky patches.
      Dec 8, 2018 @ 12:29pm
      Dec 8, 2018
      Nov 16, 2018 @ 11:57pm
      Nov 16, 2018
      reporter Running pretty well at the moment even after rain - drainage less of an issue with fewer puddles then 12 months ago.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 17 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 433 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,137 rides
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      Apr 18, 2017 @ 5:53pm
      Apr 18, 2017
      North Face, Wellington
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      Apr 18, 2017 @ 5:53pm
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      North Face, Wellington
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      Apr 18, 2017 @ 5:53pm
      Apr 18, 2017
      North Face, Wellington
      32 |
      Apr 18, 2017 @ 5:52pm
      Apr 18, 2017
      North Face, Wellington

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