9 miles
Distance
3,039 ft
Climb
-3,267 ft
Descent
02:21:18
Avg time

Wharfedale Track Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #19091 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This is an old stock route formed in 1879. It's overall gradient is generally okay, but as the weather takes its toll, the track has been weathered into a fun mountain bike track with exposed roots, fords and plenty of rocks. From the car park, follow the trail through beech forest to the saddle approx. 2 hours away. Turn around here and head back for a mostly downhill run at a good Intermediate grade ride. Or, continue on to and beyond the Wharfedale Hut for a much tougher (with some walking) ride (about 5 hours return).

NB: The Wharfedale is a grade harder when wet.

Access Info

From Oxford, drive south-west (towards Arthur's Pass) for just over 3km and turn right onto Woodstock Rd at the 'View Hill' signpost. Drive down the road for 10km before turning right onto Ingrams Rd at the 'Wharfedale Track' sign and cruising down to the ford 1 km away. If it has been raining you'll have to park here, otherwise continue up to the car park a further 6km away.

More Stats for Wharfedale Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -228 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,542 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,491 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,771 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,543 ft
  • Grade
    -0.457%
  • Grade max
    -60.818%
  • Grade min
    61.973%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,362 ft
  • Avg time
    02:21:18
  • Avg reverse time
    00:57:12
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Status:
on Oct 3, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.15 (15 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
      Directions to wharfedale-track trailhead (-43.255210, 172.040700)
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      Wharfedale Track Trail Reports

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      Oct 3, 2019 @ 3:56pm
      Oct 3, 2019
      23 September 2019. A couple of trees down across trail between Saddle and Hut. I cleared some debris and easy to climb over but chainsaw required....
      Sep 28, 2019 @ 12:10am
      Sep 28, 2019
      Only went to saddle. A few small puddles. Only one tree down. Otherwise mint.
      Jun 7, 2019 @ 7:38am
      Jun 7, 2019
      Significant snow from 3km in from the View Hill car park. A large tree down across the trail, chainsaw required to remove.
      May 10, 2019 @ 11:24pm
      May 10, 2019
      Definitely developing permanent wet areas. Still great mostly.
      Apr 20, 2019 @ 2:44pm
      Apr 20, 2019
      Starting to get muddy and wet in the shaded areas. Still very rideable.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 19 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      All
      • 92 rides
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      Photos

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      Jun 7, 2019 @ 7:38am
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      Apr 20, 2019 @ 2:46pm
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      Dec 8, 2018 @ 5:48pm
      Dec 8, 2018
      142 |
      Nov 24, 2017 @ 10:48pm
      Nov 24, 2017

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Hummingbird17 (Apr 15, 2019 at 2:44)
       What a hidden jem.

      Well made track with a steady climb that has a little bit of all the good stuff... rocks, roots, mud, creeks and switchbacks. ...and at a level most could enjoy.

      Parts of this track remind me of The Old Ghost rd

      4.5 out of 5 from me
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      The Wharfedale Track, Part 2 | MTB Trail Magic
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      The Wharfedale Track, Part 1 | MTB Trail Magic
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