4,921 ft
Distance
765 ft
Climb
-208 ft
Descent
00:19:04
Avg time

Possum Bait Line Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Uphill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #45328 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 20 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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.

With the construction of the new Nikau to Aratihi Connector in 2018, you can now either exit the trail at the intersection with Nikau Valley - losing most of your hard earned elevation over a rocky descent into the valley, or continue up further along the trail formerly known as Lizard Link and then traverse around the top of the valley to Aratihi.

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
    557 ft
  • Altitude min
    309 ft
  • Altitude max
    866 ft
  • Altitude start
    309 ft
  • Altitude end
    866 ft
  • Grade
    11.317%
  • Grade max
    -44.726%
  • Grade min
    67.149%
  • Distance climb
    3,295 ft
  • Distance down
    1,270 ft
  • Distance flat
    356 ft
  • Avg time
    00:19:04
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Status:
on Nov 28, 2020
Variable
Avg: 2 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Both Directions
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  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
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  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Possum Bait Line Trail Reports

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      Nov 28, 2020 @ 4:24pm
      1 days
      A lot of overgrowth at the lower part of the track makes it hard to see but there are the odd wheel marks. There is a tree down and blocking the...
      Oct 30, 2020 @ 5:36pm
      Oct 30, 2020
      Urtica ferox tree nettle or ongaonga at face level on this track and also at knee level. Care is needed to avoid this at several places. Would be...
      Apr 28, 2020 @ 3:18pm
      Apr 28, 2020
      reporter Track care as there is a lot of debris on track following the park closure and recent storms
      Apr 23, 2020 @ 12:00am
      Apr 23, 2020
      Apr 8, 2020 @ 11:46pm
      Apr 8, 2020
      reporter Park closed to mountain biking during COVID-19 alert level 4
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 34 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 13 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 197 rides
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      Nov 28, 2020 @ 4:24pm
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      Nov 28, 2020 @ 4:24pm
      1 days

      Routes with this trail

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      Giant Wellington PNP Series Rd 5 2018 - Makara Peak Long Course race
      8 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Uthor (Jan 12, 2020 at 22:09)
       Steep as hell and the switchbacks may make you curse. Still a fun climb though. The track is in pretty good nick with minimal ruts/washouts
      [Reply]

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