4,921 ft
765 ft
-208 ft
Avg time

Possum Bait Line Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Uphill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #45328 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    557 ft
  • Altitude min
    309 ft
  • Altitude max
    866 ft
  • Altitude start
    309 ft
  • Altitude end
    866 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,295 ft
  • Distance down
    1,270 ft
  • Distance flat
    356 ft
  • Avg time
  • view trail stats
on Nov 9, 2018
Avg: 2 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to possum-bait-line trailhead (-41.305130, 174.705520)
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Possum Bait Line Trail Reports

Nov 9, 2018 @ 5:36pm
Nov 9, 2018
Love this track, running mint today. Complainers shouldn't try and take on tracks above their pay grade
Apr 28, 2018 @ 3:16pm
Apr 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 @ 1:45am
Apr 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 @ 12:02am
Nov 19, 2015
Track currently getting some vegetation control.
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Routes with this trail

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

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