4,165 ft
Distance
612 ft
Climb
-421 ft
Descent
00:07:39
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Upswing Trail

Upswing Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Uphill Only
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    All seasons
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #510
  • Year Opened
    2017
  • Land Manager

Upswing is the new climbing track that provides a much easier and more enjoyable way of getting to the summit of Makara Peak compared with Missing Link or Snakecharmer.

The first part of the track was built in 2016 by volunteers and corporate work parties. It climbs at a pretty gentle gradient through a series of eight switchbacks before crossing the 72 metre long Wild At Heart suspension bridge. The suspension bridge was planned by the Makara Peak Supporters, who also raised the funds and coordinated volunteers to assist Abseil Access with the construction of the bridge.

The bridge crosses high above a steep sided gully and native bush. There are viewing platforms and picnic areas on both sides of the bridge where you can enjoy the views of the bridge and the centre of the park.

The second portion of the track continues at a mellow gradient around the valley before joining about three quarters of the way up Aratihi. This section of the trail was digger and rock breaker built by TGL Contracting with funding from the Wellington City Council.

From there riders can continue for another 10 minutes of climbing to the summit or choose to head into the south west corner of the park via Upper Leaping Lizard.

Access Info

From the main carpark, head up Koru and Sally Alley. At the end of Sally Alley, turn right onto the 4WD track for 25m and then left onto Three Brothers . From St Albans Ave, head up Snake Charmer (4WD track) and drop into Sally Alley at one of the connector tracks.

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More Stats for Upswing mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    191 ft
  • Altitude min
    850 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,054 ft
  • Altitude start
    853 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,044 ft
  • Grade
    4.584%
  • Grade max
    -53.167%
  • Grade min
    59.368%
  • Distance climb
    2,395 ft
  • Distance down
    1,612 ft
  • Distance flat
    157 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:39
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on Aug 4, 2017
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Upswing, Wellington

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