5,265 ft
174 ft
-130 ft
Avg time

The Tickler Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Global Ranking
    #27120 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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).

Bike Park

More Stats for The Tickler 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
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Sep 8, 2018
Avg: 2.7 (10 votes)

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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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Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
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  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Parking Parking
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to the-tickler trailhead (-38.168313, 176.284626)


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