North Face Details
Riding areaMakara Peak Mountain Bike Park
Bike typeAM, XC
Trail UsageBiking Primary
DirectionDownhill OnlyPopular direction shown
TTFs on trailBerm, Jump, Rock Garden, Wallride
Ride in rainYes
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.
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.
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More Stats for North Face mountain bike trail
Altitude change-377 ft
Altitude min878 ft
Altitude max1,293 ft
Altitude start1,254 ft
Altitude end878 ft
Distance climb2,455 ft
Distance down3,355 ft
Distance flat183 ft
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North Face Trail Reports
Dec 9, 2017 @ 3:03pm2 days
Nov 27, 2017 @ 10:10pmNov 27, 2017
|Minor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts developing, brake bumps)|
Sep 13, 2017 @ 12:49amSep 13, 2017
Sep 4, 2017 @ 2:32amSep 4, 2017
May 3, 2017 @ 3:05amMay 3, 2017
|Loose rock as per usual, holding up well given the rain|
Routes with this trail
|Makara Peak Grand Loop (intermediate & advanced)||8 miles|
|Skyline (The Full Version)||24 miles|
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