37 miles
Distance
5,458 ft
Climb
-6,242 ft
Descent
08:15:25
Avg time

Details

  • Riding Area
    Hanmer Springs
    Hanmer Springs
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #22660 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This trail offers challenging, mixed riding through stunning scenery of mountain peaks, crystal clear waters, high country lakes, alpine meadows, subalpine beech forest, and expansive grassy flats.

In spring the alpine meadows are in full bloom while summers offers long evenings and the chance to see the famous St James wild horses.

Riding options:

- The best time to ride is from November to April.
- Start at the Maling Pass entrance and finish at St James Homestead - travelling in this direction provides more downhill riding and the prevailing wind is more favourable.
- For young families or riders with insufficient time or experience to attempt the full trail, the Peters Loop will give you a taste.

Access Info

The nearest airport to Hanmer Springs is a 90 minute drive away in Christchurch. You can drive or catch a bus from Christchurch - if driving, take SH1, SH7 and SH7A to get to Hanmer Springs.

From Hanmer Springs take Clarence Valley Road over Jacks Pass to connect with Tophouse Road (13 km from Hanmer Springs).

Local Trail Association
More Stats for St James Cycle Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -784 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,967 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,333 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,472 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,688 ft
  • Grade max
    -47.927%
  • Grade min
    39.504%
  • Distance climb
    15 miles
  • Distance down
    17 miles
  • Distance flat
    6 miles
  • Avg time
    08:15:25
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:53
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Status:
on Jan 23, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.2 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • 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
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
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      St James Cycle Trail Trail Reports

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      Jan 23, 2018 @ 3:21pm
      Jan 23, 2018
      We've done the whole loop from the homestay (trail end), spending the night at the lake Guyon - great place for a swim too. Pool but had the vasp...
      Jan 9, 2018 @ 1:02pm
      Jan 9, 2018
      Very dry and hot. Was pleased to get 4WD lift out from Scotties. Getting quite overgrown in places - though the route is still clear. Pool Hut...
      Dec 29, 2017 @ 11:20am
      Dec 29, 2017
      Very dry and fast trail. Temperature averaged low to mid 30s and peaked at 37. Take plenty of water. Lake Guyon is worth the visit. The creek /...
      Oct 30, 2017 @ 11:32am
      Oct 30, 2017
      At the end of the trails you have to cross the river several times. Water is sometimes violent and high
      Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:55pm
      Dec 14, 2016
      reporter Largely dry, despite recent rain. Easy to navigate thanks to the DoC signage throughout. Huts all in good condition and the views are spectacular.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 54 miles avg distance
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      • 6 rides
      • 48 miles avg distance
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