Riding areaWaiu Park
Difficulty ratingBlack Diamond
Bike typeDH, AM
Trail UsageBiking Primary
SeasonBest in Summer and Autumn when dry
TTFs on trailDrop, Jump
Spoonhill is a downhill only trail which ends up in the playground just around the corner from the trail park entrances. The first section is slippery and very difficult (especially when wet). The first part can be substituted with 491 which is more of an all weather track - this is the option preferred by most riders.
It is pretty much all clay and is very slippery in the wet. And as a result of the slippery clay surface and excessive use of breaks,large ruts have formed towards the end of the ride. At the very end of the ride there are 2 options for getting down to the playground: straight down a steep slightly rutted chute or left down some heavily rutted switchbacks.
An alternative to completing all of Spoonhill is to take the right onto Nga Tuna which will take you on to the Wetland loop and back to the car park.
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More Stats for Spoonhill mountain bike trail
Altitude change-545 ft
Altitude min319 ft
Altitude max866 ft
Altitude start864 ft
Altitude end319 ft
Distance climb412 ft
Distance down3,618 ft
Distance flat1,065 ft
Avg reverse time00:01:00
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Spoonhill Trail Reports
Jun 25, 2017 @ 5:24pm1 days
|Wet, but not overly muddy. Careful on the step shoot that drops you into the park at the end. The wet clay is like riding on ice at present.|
Jun 3, 2017 @ 9:37pmJun 3, 2017
|Slippery as they come|
Jun 28, 2015 @ 12:14amJun 28, 2015
|Is riding great for winter!|
Feb 13, 2015 @ 8:35pmFeb 13, 2015
|Still in great condition. The bit of moisture we've had is adding more grip to the surface but it's still dry!|
Jan 20, 2015 @ 6:52pmJan 20, 2015
|Dry and fast as of the weekend.|
Routes with this trail
|Spoonhill Circuit||4 miles|
|Labyrinth Loop||3 miles|
|Super Riser 419||10 miles|
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