1 miles
Distance
99 ft
Climb
-453 ft
Descent
00:07:34
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Upper Leaping Lizard Trail
  • past supporters

  • TGL Contracting
    2018
    Builder

Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (5 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • 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
    • 85 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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -354 ft
  • Altitude min
    958 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,312 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,312 ft
  • Altitude end
    958 ft
  • Grade
    -6.571%
  • Grade max
    -44.165%
  • Grade min
    15.652%
  • Distance climb
    1,327 ft
  • Distance down
    3,426 ft
  • Distance flat
    630 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:34
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Status:
on Jan 2, 2019
Very Dry
Avg: 4.25 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • 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
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      Upper Leaping Lizard Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 17 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 730 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      • 1,332 rides
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      Oct 13, 2018 @ 1:37pm
      Oct 13, 2018
      Upper Leaping Lizard

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