6 miles
Distance
1,376 ft
Climb
-1,381 ft
Descent
01:17:19
Avg time

The Monkey Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Cannock Chase
    Rugeley
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Bridge, Drop, Jump, Rock Garden
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #8815
  • Land Manager

Opened in April 2010, the Monkey Trail is an optional extension to Follow the Dog. Again it’s a red graded trail, but this time it’s a far more technically challenging and demanding trail. It includes bigger climbs, more technical descents and optional black graded lines. The trail is intended for experienced and technically competent riders.

The Monkey has wide fast flowing single track, as well as some very tight hand-built sections which are a lot of fun to ride. TTFs include rock gardens, step ups, step downs, jumps, drops, and more. The black graded lines include large and unavoidable rocks and rock gardens, as well as other obstacles. The Monkey includes over 1200 feet of climbing (which includes Follow the Dog), however it feels like a lot more compared to Follow the Dog – many of the climbs on The Monkey are a lot steeper than on Follow the Dog, and there’s definitely more than just one!

source: Chase Trails
Access Info

The Monkey is accessible from Follow the Dog - it starts half way around Follow the Dog as an optional extra trail. Alternatively, it's accessible from the A460/Marquis Drive.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Monkey Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -4 ft
  • Altitude min
    425 ft
  • Altitude max
    781 ft
  • Altitude start
    438 ft
  • Altitude end
    434 ft
  • Grade
    -0.013%
  • Grade max
    -35.665%
  • Grade min
    38.991%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,429 ft
  • Avg time
    01:17:19
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:55
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Status:
on Feb 15, 2018
Wet
Avg: 4.25 (11 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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The Monkey Trail Trail Reports

datedescription
Feb 15, 2018 @ 12:11pm
Feb 15, 2018
Feb 3, 2018 @ 5:32am
Feb 3, 2018
Dec 14, 2017 @ 3:03am
Dec 14, 2017
Mostly wet. Lots of puddles.
Nov 28, 2017 @ 11:07am
Nov 28, 2017
Nov 12, 2017 @ 1:37am
Nov 12, 2017
Rocks and fallen pine cones particularly slippy.
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Feb 9, 2018 @ 8:03am
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The Monkey Trail, Staffordshire
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The Monkey Trail, Staffordshire
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Feb 9, 2018 @ 8:03am
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The Monkey Trail, Staffordshire
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Feb 6, 2018 @ 5:31am
Feb 6, 2018
The Monkey Trail, Staffordshire

Routes with this trail

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Cannock Chase, Monkey & Dog Trails Combined (17m loop total)
12 miles

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