NELSON TRAILS

Crankenstein

Maitai Water Reserve

Crankenstein is an expert-difficulty downhill track that descends off the western side of Sunrise Ridge into Maitai Valley, east of central Nelson. The trail runs through native bush and features lots of rocks and roots. It can be used as an alternative to the upper section of 629, Crankenstein ends midway down the valley slope and can be combined with the lower section of 629 to make a full descent to the valley floor.

Details
Length 1.5 km
Trail Type Singletrack
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Technical Difficulty Expert   
Uses MTB only
Direction Downhill
Start Elevation 640 m
Finish Elevation 425 m

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Access and Description

  1 hr 45 min from central Nelson (by MTB)

 

Crankenstein begins on Sunrise Ridge next to beginning of Peaking Ridge track. As Crankenstein starts halfway along the Sunrise Ridge, it is a little bit difficult to access. The easiest way is via Fringed Hill and Black Diamond Ridge. Crankenstein can be used as an alternative to Peaking Ridge for riders coming via Fringed Hill and Black Diamond Ridge.

 

Crankenstein descends the western side of Sunrise Ridge, following a narrow spur and weaving in between beech trees. The track is loose and rocky in places and there are some off-camber rooty sections to cope with. There are plenty of tree trunks and head-level branches overhanging the track to dodge, as well as a couple of steep chutes to navigate. The track finishes up on Bob Taylor Road; from here it is a short ride north along the road to reach the beginning of the lower section of 629.

Crankenstein
Maitai Water Reserve

Crankenstein is an expert-difficulty downhill track that descends off the western side of Sunrise Ridge into Maitai Valley, east of central Nelson. The trail runs through native bush and features lots of rocks and roots. It can be used as an alternative to the upper section of 629, Crankenstein ends midway down the valley slope and can be combined with the lower section of 629 to make a full descent to the valley floor.

Details
Length 1.5 km
Trail Type Singletrack
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Technical Difficulty Expert   
Uses MTB only
Direction Downhill
Start Elevation 640 m
Finish Elevation 425 m


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Access and Description

  1 hr 45 min from central Nelson (by MTB)

 

Crankenstein begins on Sunrise Ridge next to beginning of Peaking Ridge track. As Crankenstein starts halfway along the Sunrise Ridge, it is a little bit difficult to access. The easiest way is via Fringed Hill and Black Diamond Ridge. Crankenstein can be used as an alternative to Peaking Ridge for riders coming via Fringed Hill and Black Diamond Ridge.

 

Crankenstein descends the western side of Sunrise Ridge, following a narrow spur and weaving in between beech trees. The track is loose and rocky in places and there are some off-camber rooty sections to cope with. There are plenty of tree trunks and head-level branches overhanging the track to dodge, as well as a couple of steep chutes to navigate. The track finishes up on Bob Taylor Road; from here it is a short ride north along the road to reach the beginning of the lower section of 629.

Updated 25 February 2019