5,265 ft
174 ft
-130 ft
Avg time

The Tickler Details

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  • Direction
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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 Jul 20, 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
Directions to the-tickler trailhead (-38.168313, 176.284626)
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The Tickler Trail Reports

Jul 20, 2018 @ 8:32pm
2 days
Jun 15, 2018 @ 6:27pm
Jun 15, 2018
Jun 15, 2018 @ 1:41pm
Jun 15, 2018
Jun 9, 2018 @ 8:13pm
Jun 9, 2018
temporary board down by stream but all easily rideable - the rest in great shape
Apr 6, 2018 @ 3:30pm
Apr 6, 2018
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