1 miles
Distance
514 ft
Climb
-890 ft
Descent
00:07:28
Avg time

North Face Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Advanced
  • 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

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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -377 ft
  • Altitude min
    878 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,293 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,254 ft
  • Altitude end
    878 ft
  • Grade
    -6.284%
  • Grade max
    -67.559%
  • Grade min
    66.913%
  • Distance climb
    2,455 ft
  • Distance down
    3,355 ft
  • Distance flat
    183 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:28
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Status:
on Dec 9, 2017
Dry
Avg: 3.9 (13 votes)

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North Face Trail Reports

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Dec 9, 2017 @ 3:03pm
2 days
Nov 27, 2017 @ 10:10pm
Nov 27, 2017
Minor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts developing, brake bumps)
Sep 13, 2017 @ 12:49am
Sep 13, 2017
Sep 4, 2017 @ 2:32am
Sep 4, 2017
As below.
May 3, 2017 @ 3:05am
May 3, 2017
Loose rock as per usual, holding up well given the rain
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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
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North Face, Wellington
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Apr 18, 2017 @ 5:52pm
Apr 18, 2017
North Face, Wellington

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Flat out on North Face... literally.
6:25 | 221 | Jun 5, 2016 , Wellington
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