4 miles
Distance
699 ft
Climb
-2,463 ft
Descent
00:29:24
Avg time

Details

  • Riding Area
    Mt Thompson
    Otaki
  • AKA
    The Darkside
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Nov-Aug
  • Global Ranking
    #82418 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Ideal for full suspension bikes, there is a hard climb to the top of Mt Thompson (711m) followed by a chunky rock garden style descent all on 4WD tracks. On a dry fine day, this can be a fun ride!

Access through to this track runs through private farm land which the farmer kindly asks users to respect no access from the 1st of September though till Labour weekend in October due to lambing. This also includes descending down from Mt Thompson. Please respect this as and don't stuff it up for everyone else.

Access Info

From Waikawa reserve or Waitohu Valley access points

Local Trail Association
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More Stats for Waitohu Track - The Darkside bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,764 ft
  • Altitude min
    379 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,162 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,150 ft
  • Altitude end
    386 ft
  • Grade
    -8.578%
  • Grade max
    -51.675%
  • Grade min
    37.109%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    865 ft
  • Avg time
    00:29:24
  • Avg reverse time
    00:26:25
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Status:
on Mar 31, 2018
Wet
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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

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

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

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  • 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
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • 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
      Directions to waitohu-track-the-darkside trailhead (-40.764390, 175.252890)
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      Waitohu Track -... Trail Reports

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      Mar 31, 2018 @ 2:44am
      Mar 31, 2018
      Super fun in the wet, very fast and chunky rocks. A few vines that needed ducking here and there A few minor trees down that could be ridden...
      Jun 8, 2016 @ 1:33pm
      Jun 8, 2016
      reporter
      The Wiatohu Track (The Darkside) - just creating water run offs and clearing drains in prep for more work to come. Track is open and ridable.. ya...
      Mar 4, 2016 @ 2:05pm
      Mar 4, 2016
      Entire track has recently been cleared and is riding really well. Trees have been cleared, track rerouted around the slumps and trail now rideable...
      Jan 1, 2016 @ 3:40pm
      Jan 1, 2016
      Road up is quite overgrown and very rutted in places. Very wet and deep mud near the summit. A number of small trees covering the track on the...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      Aug 7, 2018 @ 4:32pm
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      Waitohu Track - The Darkside
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      Feb 9, 2016 @ 11:24am
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      Waitohu Track - The Darkside
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      Feb 9, 2016 @ 11:24am
      Feb 9, 2016
      Waitohu Track - The Darkside

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 2
      flag Paul-C KCMBG (May 27, 2016 at 20:23)
       All trails in the Mt Thompson/Waikawa/Waitohu area are open, great work by the Paul@kapiticycles and the Kapiti Cycles MTB Group.
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