May 24, 2017

Our KJet Operations Manager and keen biker, Fraser, talks us through his favourite mountain biking and downhill tracks in the Queenstown area

(No. 5) Murphy’s Run – Arrowtown

A quick 25 minute pedal up Tobins track brings you to the start of Murphy’s Run, a sweet,  flowing grade 3 single track decent back down to the Arrow River.
Great bang for the buck as a quick after-work ride. Great for dogs too with a mellow gradient and the river at the bottom for them to cool off in.
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(No. 4) G.S.D – Skyline Queenstown Bike Park

A spicy grade 6 trail in the Skyline MTB trail network, rocks & roots & gnar galore! It’s also home to the infamous “Rollable as Bro” rock roll line.
If you like steep & tech this is for you.
(Disclaimer: biased opinion as I helped build this trail)
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(No. 3) Rude Rock Mountain Bike Trail, Coronet Peak

Probably Queenstown’s most famous (and must do) trail.
Starting at the base of the Coronet Peak Ski Field & winding its way down to Skippers Saddle. 7kms long & full of flow & speed.

A confidence inspiring trail for all abilities, from Nanas to Pinners
Look for the phallic shaped rock on the drive up for how it got its name.
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(No. 2) Huck Yeah!, Queenstown Bike Park (Skyline)

Huck Yeah is the big Jump line in the Skyline MTB trail network. If you want to let go & embrace your inner huck then this is for you.

Intermediate & Advance take offs on each jump ranging from 20 to 55 feet in length.
All are table-top style jumps so if you come up short & case you’ll only need a Lawyer, not a Doctor.
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(No. 1) Salmon Run, Fernhill Loop – Ben Lomond

My Number one, hands down favourite Queenstown trail. An amazing piece of dirt-art from the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s Wednesday-dig crew. Winds its way down from the top of Fernhill Loop through some epic terrain & native forest.

Tight & Technical, Rocks & Roots, and a healthy dose of exposure thrown in as well, Salmon Run has it all.  Climb up the Beached As trail from the Skyline Gondola, then chill at the Mcgazza memorial table & take in the epic view before dropping in. Extra GNAR points on offer for riding it in the wet or at night during the depths of winter!
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And of course no Queenstown ride is complete without some après-ride at the local MTB bar; Atlas Beer Café on Steamer Wharf, more beers on tap than you can swing a stick at & the best steak in town!

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