6 miles
Distance
1,769 ft
Climb
-1,095 ft
Descent
01:06:29
Avg time

Skyline Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Western Hills
    Wellington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #35364 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This dual use track runs North and South along the ridge between Old Coach Road in Johnsonville and Makara Saddle in Karori. Although only graded as "Intermediate", the climbs are steep and some of the switchbacks and single track sections are more "Advanced" to "Expert" level.

More Stats for Skyline mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    674 ft
  • Altitude min
    739 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,413 ft
  • Altitude start
    739 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,414 ft
  • Grade
    2.1%
  • Grade max
    -48.2%
  • Grade min
    72.8%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,343 ft
  • Avg time
    01:06:29
  • Avg reverse time
    01:03:31
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Status:
on Apr 2, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.15 (7 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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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • 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
      Directions to skyline-25737 trailhead (-41.282340, 174.717630)
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      Skyline Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Apr 2, 2021 @ 3:31pm
      Apr 2, 2021
      reporter There are a few patches of gorse encroaching on the single-track sections. Very narrow, so will grab your bars and scratch your arms.
      Nov 27, 2020 @ 5:18pm
      Nov 27, 2020
      May 18, 2020 @ 1:36am
      May 18, 2020
      Jan 18, 2020 @ 1:16pm
      Jan 18, 2020
      Dec 14, 2019 @ 8:01pm
      Dec 14, 2019
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 30 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 57 rides
      • 29 miles avg distance
      All
      • 255 rides
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      Photos

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      47 |
      Jul 25, 2020 @ 5:19pm
      Jul 25, 2020
      46 |
      Jul 25, 2020 @ 5:18pm
      Jul 25, 2020
      71 |
      Oct 27, 2019 @ 4:50pm
      Oct 27, 2019
      73 |
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 1:33pm
      Oct 12, 2019

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      39 miles
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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Roginadj Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jul 25, 2020 at 17:15)
       I find this not a very difficult technical track, but if you find some challenges you can mostly avoid it or just walk. It does require some level of fitness, but many places you can stop and enjoy the beautiful view!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      OliverRoozen Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Oct 18, 2020 at 5:26)
       This is a really beautiful trail with a very broad range of terrain. If you climb up through Broadmeadows, it has one of the steepest sections I have ever experienced. I'd definitely endorse starting at the northern end and get most of the climbing out of the way, then you can enjoy the general downward trend at a reasonable pace.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      OliverRoozen Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jan 5, 2021 at 3:52)
       I've now ridden this trail three times and I can confirm starting in Johnsonville is the best way to go. There are some very steep uphills, and you really need to power up them to avoid falling over. Some early parts of the track are unpleasantly rutted and very difficult not to fall off from. The day that I do this trail without stepping off the bike is the day I'm ready to win XC races.
      [Reply]

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      Skyline Trail - Reanimation
      1:21 | 471 | Sep 28, 2019 , Wellington
      Skyline Trail, Wellington, NZ
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