1 miles
Distance
4 ft
Climb
-342 ft
Descent
00:09:25
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Upper Leaping Lizard Trail
  • past supporters

  • TGL Contracting
    2018
    Builder

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (7 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Jump
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #6140 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2018
  • Land Manager
    Wellington City Council

Originally built in 2003 by Makara Peak Supporters, an extension was funded by WCC and built by TGL in 2018 which links the summit to Aratihi and then onwards to the south west corner of the park.

The new section is a digger built flow-style trail with perfectly sculpted berms, rollers and table tops to keep riders of all abilities interested. The top section of trail crosses a short bridge over the top of the A2Z trench before winding it's way down the hill to meet the original Upper Leaping Lizard trail. Located on the north side of the peak, expect to be battered and blown around in a strong northerly.

The original trail is a bit narrower, with a rockier surface and is a touch more technical. Surfacing and drainage work was completed by TGL in late 2018, plus a bypass of a particularly steep section of the trail was built.

Access Info

Starting from the summit, it can also be accessed 50 metres uphill from the intersection of Upswing and Aratihi

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Upper Leaping Lizard mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -340 ft
  • Altitude min
    971 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,311 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,311 ft
  • Altitude end
    971 ft
  • Grade
    -6.3%
  • Grade max
    -44.6%
  • Grade min
    5.7%
  • Distance climb
    417 ft
  • Distance down
    4,213 ft
  • Distance flat
    778 ft
  • Avg time
    00:09:25
  • Avg reverse time
    00:17:49
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Status:
on Apr 28, 2020
Variable
Avg: 4.5 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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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
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • 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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      Upper Leaping Lizard Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Apr 28, 2020 @ 3:18pm
      Apr 28, 2020
      reporter Track care as there is a lot of debris on track following the park closure and recent storms
      Apr 23, 2020 @ 12:00am
      Apr 23, 2020
      Apr 8, 2020 @ 11:46pm
      Apr 8, 2020
      reporter Park closed to mountain biking during COVID-19 alert level 4
      Dec 28, 2019 @ 6:30pm
      Dec 28, 2019
      Oct 12, 2019 @ 2:21pm
      Oct 12, 2019
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 30 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 535 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,332 rides
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      Photos

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      Apr 8, 2020 @ 10:45pm
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      Jun 12, 2019 @ 2:45pm
      Jun 12, 2019
      19 |
      Oct 13, 2018 @ 1:38pm
      Oct 13, 2018

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