4,283 ft
616 ft
-175 ft
Avg time

Possum Bait Line Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Uphill Only
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

This is the challenging climb up from the southern extremity of the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park. After diverging off Leaping Lizard, this track starts out innocently enough with a gentle meander along a grassy valley floor. Then things get tough, as the track climbs up a series of very steep and tight switchbacks. Apparently some people actually enjoy the type of punishment meted out by this track. To each their own.

After a while the track mellows somewhat, as it generally continues to climb towards Nikau Valley, though some sections are, again, quite steep. Parts of the upper section are very narrow, with the gap between trees barely wider than bike handlebars. Once you meet Nikau Valley the fun continues, as you'll need to forego much of the altitude gained on Possum Bait Line as you drop into a valley before eventually climbing out to meet Missing Link.

Built by Grant Preston-Thomas & Friends, Don Macleod and Makara Peak volunteers 2006-2008.

Access Info

Bottom of Lower Leaping Lizard

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Possum Bait Line mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    442 ft
  • Altitude min
    309 ft
  • Altitude max
    775 ft
  • Altitude start
    309 ft
  • Altitude end
    751 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,768 ft
  • Distance down
    1,146 ft
  • Distance flat
    369 ft
  • Avg time
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on Nov 19, 2015
Avg: 2.35 (3 votes)

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Possum Bait Line Trail Reports

Nov 19, 2015 @ 12:02am
Nov 19, 2015
Track currently getting some vegetation control.
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