5,265 ft
174 ft
-130 ft
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The Tickler Details

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  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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The Tickler has a fast section at the start, dropping down to the creek. This section was revised in September 2012, to bypass the original entrance section. This was technical and suffered from rain and braking ruts making it harder than the grade 3 designation of the trail.

Shortly after the creek crossing there is a short but tricky pinch climb to a clearing with a few of the remaining Californian Redwoods from the orignal stand of forest. Take a moment here and keep your eyes and ears open. One of the NZ native falcons released in 2013 has been making itself at home in this area.

The next stage follows the profile and style of the original trail which was lost in the 2011 harvesting activity. It is a gradual climb from the stand of Redwoods – no steep sections, just a gradual climb that winds its way up.
Normally handles wet weather well. The occasional hard frost in the middle of winter can make it slippery as the frozen surface softens during the day.

source: Ride Rotorua
Access Info

Starting from the skid site at the end of Spruce Rd (you get there via Katore Jumps or another favorite, Paddy's Run (formerly called A Trail).

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More Stats for The Tickler mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    44 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,227 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,351 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,307 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,351 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,743 ft
  • Distance down
    1,772 ft
  • Distance flat
    751 ft
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on Jan 10, 2018
Avg: 2.9 (8 votes)

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The Tickler Trail Reports

Jan 10, 2018 @ 12:29pm
Jan 10, 2018
Jan 9, 2018 @ 4:44pm
Jan 9, 2018
Good singletrack. Trail is in great riding condition!
Dec 19, 2017 @ 7:32pm
Dec 19, 2017
Dec 13, 2017 @ 8:22pm
Dec 13, 2017
Dec 13, 2017 @ 6:27pm
Dec 13, 2017
A bit overgrown after you have crose the stream and started to climb to the wash trail junction. Also the top of a fallen pine tree is on the...
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