North Face Details
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.
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
May 3, 2017 @ 3:05amMay 3, 2017
|Loose rock as per usual, holding up well given the rain|
Apr 1, 2017 @ 1:21pmApr 1, 2017
|Fast and fun! A few puddles on the trail, watch out for wet rocks on the corners. Otherwise super fun!|
Dec 10, 2015 @ 4:03pmDec 10, 2015
Jun 5, 2015 @ 9:31amJun 5, 2015
|Track is running mean! bit wet, but still great!|
Jan 31, 2015 @ 4:15pmJan 31, 2015
|Dry and dusty, is a lot more rocky than I last remember, but still a wicked run|
Routes with this trail
|Makara Peak Grand Loop (intermediate & advanced)||7.6 miles|
|Skyline (The Full Version)||24.4 miles|
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