1,756 ft
7 ft
-297 ft
Avg time


  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Helderberg Trails
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump
  • Ride in Rain
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    Helderberg Farm

Starting off from the 4x4 View point you take the 2nd trail entrance from the left (left is the DH line). You start off with 3 x big berms as you keep off the brakes (right, left, right) then head into a reasonably flat table and then a roller into a right hand berm. Two more rollers put you into a left hand berm and then off a "rollable" drop into a high speed left (watch out for the exposed rock looking to grab your left pedal, so keep it high), after this is a negative G flat right hander into more left, right, left, right, left berms and down onto the road.
When crossing the road take the right line (left is continuation of the DH line). It drops down into a right, left right berm combo into a small gap jump (rollable if slow)... Next is another left, right berm combo.
Here you have an option of going left or right.
After exiting the corner you can keep right over a roller then duck left down into more of a DH style line... OR, after exiting the corner you stay on the left and hit your first mini kicker, the 2nd kicker gaps you over the first line mentioned (confused??). After the gap you take a right berm and get on the brakes for the left almost 180deg turn. Off the brakes again takes you straight down and into a long left with 2 x kickers after each other and then drops you into a big left berm exiting into a table, into a right berm and into another table and right, left berm combo... Thus finishing off Original Gangster.
From here you have 3 line options, left will take you down Mexican Border (later splits into 2 again), middle will take you over the road gap into whoop whoop/jump line (2 x seperate lines that form further down the trail) and right will miss the road gap but also take you into whoop whoop/jump line (2 x seperate lines that form further down the trail)

Access Info

Helderberg Farm R60 per day permit / R600 for a year permit. Permits avaialbel at Helderberg Farm Kiosk or at The Hanger Bike Co bike shop as you turn off the R44 to the farm

Bike Park

More Stats for The Original Gangster (The OG) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -290 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,484 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,774 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,774 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,484 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    68 ft
  • Distance down
    1,513 ft
  • Distance flat
    175 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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  • Clear / Green
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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
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • 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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      • 1 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 22 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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