Possum Bait Line Details
Riding areaMakara Peak Mountain Bike Park
Bike typeAM, XC
Trail UsageBiking Primary
DirectionUphill OnlyPopular direction shown
Climb DifficultyBlack Diamond
TTFs on trailBridge, Skinny
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.
Bottom of Lower Leaping Lizard
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Possum Bait Line mountain bike trail
Altitude change557 ft
Altitude min309 ft
Altitude max866 ft
Altitude start309 ft
Altitude end866 ft
Distance climb3,295 ft
Distance down1,270 ft
Distance flat356 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Possum Bait Line Trail Reports
Apr 28, 2018 @ 3:16pmApr 28, 2018
|Track is narrow and has switchbacks too tight to ride. Do not take this track to get back to main car park after riding leaping lizard, because it...|
Apr 27, 2018 @ 1:45amApr 27, 2018
|This track is overgrown and for some stupid reason has grass planted on it making it very difficult to climb and slippery when wet. The track is...|
Nov 19, 2015 @ 12:02amNov 19, 2015
|Track currently getting some vegetation control.|
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