NELSON TRAILS

Glider Road

Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Glider Road climbs from Marsden Valley to the top of Barnicoat Range, giving access to MTB tracks Widdershins and Involution. The 605 m elevation grassy summit provides expansive views over Tasman Bay and the ranges of Mt Richmond Forest Park, and is used as a take-off point for paragliders (hence the road’s name).

Details
Length 4.2 km one way
Time Required 1 hr 15 min to summit (walking)
Trail Type Gravel road
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Start Elevation 150 m
Finish Elevation 605 m
Dog Access Dogs are permitted on Glider Rd and Barnicoat Walkway, but not Widdershins or Involution

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Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

The start of Glider Road is a 5 minute drive from Stoke up Marsden Valley Road. At the end of Marsden Valley Road there is a small car park on the right, just before the quarry. Here you will find an information panel with a map and details on trail times and distances. There is also plenty of room to park alongside the road.

 

The road is closed to all public vehicles except those who have an access key, so you are unlikely to encounter any vehicles. Logging, and high fire risk in summer will close access.

Description

Cross the bridge immediately to the right of the quarry entrance and pass the barrier gate. Follow the road to the right as it crosses Poorman Stream. From this point it is almost entirely uphill, with a reasonably consistent gradient 11% gradient the whole way to the top. After 750 m Barnicoat Walkway branches off steeply to the left. Glider Road sidles up the western side of Barnicoat Range, following its curvature in and out of gullies and passing through plantation blocks of radiata pine, eucalyptus and Douglas fir (Ngawhatu Forest). Near the top you can follow the road as it loops around to the summit, or take one of the well-worn shortcuts that goes straight up the grass bank on the right. There is a longdrop toilet and picnic table at the top, but no water.

 

On the return leg, you can continue north along Glider Road to connect with Barnicoat Walkway and Widdershins. For most mountain bikers Glider Road is just the painful grind necessary to reach Widdershins and Involution MTB tracks, the latter two being where the real enjoyment is had. You can also continue south along Barnicoat Range to Richmond, or drop down into the Roding Valley to the east.

Glider Road
Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Glider Road climbs from Marsden Valley to the top of Barnicoat Range, giving access to MTB tracks Widdershins and Involution. The 605 m elevation grassy summit provides expansive views over Tasman Bay and the ranges of Mt Richmond Forest Park, and is used as a take-off point for paragliders (hence the road’s name).

Trail Details
Length 4.2 km one way
Time Required 1 hr 15 min to summit (walking)
Trail Type Gravel road
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Start Elevation 150 m
Finish Elevation 605 m
Dog Access Dogs are permitted on Glider Rd and Barnicoat Walkway, but not Widdershins or Involution

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Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

The start of Glider Road is a 5 minute drive from Stoke up Marsden Valley Road. At the end of Marsden Valley Road there is a small car park on the right, just before the quarry. Here you will find an information panel with a map and details on trail times and distances. There is also plenty of room to park alongside the road.

 

The road is closed to all public vehicles except those who have an access key, so you are unlikely to encounter any vehicles. Logging, and high fire risk in summer will close access.

Description

Cross the bridge immediately to the right of the quarry entrance and pass the barrier gate. Follow the road to the right as it crosses Poorman Stream. From this point it is almost entirely uphill, with a reasonably consistent gradient 11% gradient the whole way to the top. After 750 m Barnicoat Walkway branches off steeply to the left. Glider Road sidles up the western side of Barnicoat Range, following its curvature in and out of gullies and passing through plantation blocks of radiata pine, eucalyptus and Douglas fir (Ngawhatu Forest). Near the top you can follow the road as it loops around to the summit, or take one of the well-worn shortcuts that goes straight up the grass bank on the right. There is a longdrop toilet and picnic table at the top, but no water.

 

On the return leg, you can continue north along Glider Road to connect with Barnicoat Walkway and Widdershins. For most mountain bikers Glider Road is just the painful grind necessary to reach Widdershins and Involution MTB tracks, the latter two being where the real enjoyment is had. You can also continue south along Barnicoat Range to Richmond, or drop down into the Roding Valley to the east.

Updated 18 February 2019