Riding areaMakara Peak Mountain Bike Park
Bike typeAM, XC
Trail UsageBiking Primary
DirectionUphill OnlyPopular direction shown
TTFs on trailBridge
Ride in rainYes
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.
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.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Upswing mountain bike trail
Altitude change191 ft
Altitude min850 ft
Altitude max1,054 ft
Altitude start853 ft
Altitude end1,044 ft
Distance climb2,395 ft
Distance down1,612 ft
Distance flat157 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Upswing Trail Reports
Jul 7, 2018 @ 6:43pmJul 7, 2018
Jun 15, 2018 @ 11:42pmJun 15, 2018
|Overall pretty good, but occasional pockets of mud and loss of tyre traction while going up|
Mar 17, 2018 @ 3:53pmMar 17, 2018
Mar 4, 2018 @ 6:26pmMar 4, 2018
Feb 10, 2018 @ 3:16pmFeb 10, 2018
|To be fair, it was pissing down....|
Routes with this trail
|Makara Peak Intermediate Loop (feat. Upswing and Peak Flow)||7 miles|
|Makara Peak alternative intermediate loop from Karori Park||8 miles|
|2018 Creek to Peak race||8 miles|