629

629
Maitai Valley


629 is a 2.3 km expert-grade downhill MTB trail, descending from Sunrise Ridge into the Maitai Valley, east of central Nelson. Getting to the start involves a big climb (around 490 vertical metres).

 

 Trail Details
Length:  2.3 km Trail Type:  Singletrack
Use:  MTB only Primary Direction:  Downhill only
Physical Difficulty:  Moderate    Technical Difficulty  Expert   
Start Elevation:  629 m Finish Elevation:  100 m
Links to: Sunrise Ridge, Maitai Valley Road
629 on Trailforks.com
629 on Trailforks.com
Length:  2.3 km
Trail Type:  Singletrack
Uses:  MTB only
Primary Direction:  Downhill only
Physical Difficulty:  Moderate   
Technical Difficulty:  Expert   
Start Elevation:  629 m
Max Elevation:  100 m
Links to: Sunrise Ridge, Maitai Valley Road
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 Trail Access and Description

629 is accessed via Bob Taylor Road. Follow Maitai Valley Road to the road end, and continue along Dun Mountain Trail for 1.3 km to the junction with Bob Taylor Road (a signpost indicates this is the way to 629). The road climbs through pine forestry for 3.2 km to the road end at the northern end of Sunrise Ridge (at 629 m elevation, hence the trail name). Sunrise Ridge Track and 629 start right next to each other (both are signposted).

The upper section of 629 drops through manuka and beech forest and involves lots of tree roots and rocky patches, before ending with a steep rock face onto Bob Taylor Road, which is crossed to begin the lower section.

The lower section of 629 starts which a rocky chute and descends through native bush with plenty of rocks, roots and ruts. The track opens up into young pine forest and goes through a series of zig-zags with steep corners and a couple of drops over bare rock. For the most part the track is fast and free-flowing. 629 connects with Maitai Valley Road at Smiths Ford.

 

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