1 miles
516 ft
-890 ft
Avg time

North Face Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All Season
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Jump, Rock Garden, Wallride
  • Ride in rain
  • 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
    -374 ft
  • Altitude min
    879 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,294 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,254 ft
  • Altitude end
    880 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,502 ft
  • Distance down
    3,396 ft
  • Distance flat
    183 ft
  • Avg time
  • view trail stats
on Mar 31, 2018
Avg: 4.05 (15 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to north-face-17347 trailhead (-41.288040, 174.706460)


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North Face, Wellington
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North Face, Wellington

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Northface Trail & JFK Trail, Makara Peak,...
8:24 | 59 | Mar 19, 2018 , Wellington
Flat out on North Face... literally.
6:25 | 303 | Jun 5, 2016 , Wellington
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