4,495 ft
Distance
512 ft
Climb
-26 ft
Descent
1,074 ft
High Point
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of The Bends Trail
  • Vestland Trails
    Builder

The Bends Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Arapuke Forest
    Palmerston North
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Uphill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking
  • Year Opened
    2020

This climbing trail is perfect for those looking to do a 2nd lap of the park as it is only accessible at the River hub at the bottom end of either Kārearea or Chewbacca.

The Bends is a challenging climbing trail with an average gradient of 10%. It has plenty of twists and turns and the odd pinch, rock step and alternate extra hard lines thrown in just for fun. It's called The Bends not just for the tight turns, but also if you try and ascend it too quickly, you risk feeling a little unwell and perhaps even briefly losing consciousness ;-)

The reward for fitter riders is quick access back into the park network, or take Decompression to quickly get back to the Shuttle Pickup.

Access Info

River Hub at the end of either Karearea or Chewbacca.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Bends mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    487 ft
  • Altitude min
    587 ft
  • Altitude start
    587 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,073 ft
  • Grade
    10.8%
  • Grade max
    -16.6%
  • Grade min
    67.6%
  • Distance climb
    2,976 ft
  • Distance down
    502 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,017 ft
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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