NELSON TRAILS

Involution

Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Involution is an intermediate-difficulty singletrack that descends from the top of Barnicoat Range into Marsden Valley, behind Stoke. Opened in 2010, its construction was a collaborative effort between DOC, Nelson City Council, Nelson Mountain Bike Club and the Department of Corrections. Involution passes through beautiful native bush the whole way down, and is the second-longest continuously descending singletrack within close range of any city in New Zealand (nearby Te Ara Koa is the longest).

Details
Length4.3 km
Time Required45 min – 1 hr going up
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyIntermediate   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation715 m
Finish Elevation195 m
Dog AccessDogs are prohibited in Marsden Conservation Reserve


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Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

All Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range trails can be accessed off the end of Marsden Valley Road, 5 min from Stoke. At the end of Marsden Valley Road, just before the quarry, there is a small car park on the right. 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 uphill end of Involution starts on Jenkins Hill 4WD Road, right at the eastern end of Widdershins, at 715 m elevation. The most straight-forward way to reach the start of Involution is via Glider Road and Widdershins. Combining the latter two trails with Involution creates a 11.5 km circuit from Marsden Valley. The start of Involution is signposted.

Description

Involution has a technical rating of moderate, though aside from negotiating a few rocks and roots, and some tight turns, the track shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge for less-experienced riders. The track descends gently through beech forest off the top of the range. Further down there are a series of tight zig-zags and the surrounding bush becomes more of a broadleaf mix. The track rounds the heads of a couple of lush gullies, crossing small streams in each, and then descends through a series of sweeping zig-zags where the surrounding bush again transitions to kānuka. The bottom of Involution links up with the Old Weir Track; follow this for 500 m back to Marsden Valley Road.

 

Whilst it is predominantly used for mountain biking in the downhill direction, it can also be completed in either direction on foot. If you’re heading uphill, the native bush and winding track provides a more interesting experience and a gentler gradient than nearby Glider Road (just be cautious of mountain bikers coming down).

Involution
Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Involution is an intermediate-difficulty singletrack that descends from the top of Barnicoat Range into Marsden Valley, behind Stoke. Opened in 2010, its construction was a collaborative effort between DOC, Nelson City Council, Nelson Mountain Bike Club and the Department of Corrections. Involution passes through beautiful native bush the whole way down, and is the second-longest continuously descending singletrack within close range of any city in New Zealand (nearby Te Ara Koa is the longest).

Details
Length4.3 km one way
Time Required45 min – 1 hr going up
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyIntermediate   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation715 m
Finish Elevation195 m
Dog AccessDogs are prohibited in Marsden Conservation Reserve

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Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

All Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range trails can be accessed off the end of Marsden Valley Road, 5 min from Stoke. At the end of Marsden Valley Road, just before the quarry, there is a small car park on the right. 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 uphill end of Involution starts on Jenkins Hill 4WD Road, right at the eastern end of Widdershins, at 715 m elevation. The most straight-forward way to reach the start of Involution is via Glider Road and Widdershins. Combining the latter two trails with Involution creates a 11.5 km circuit from Marsden Valley. The start of Involution is signposted.

Description

Involution has a technical rating of moderate, though aside from negotiating a few rocks and roots, and some tight turns, the track shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge for less-experienced riders. The track descends gently through beech forest off the top of the range. Further down there are a series of tight zig-zags and the surrounding bush becomes more of a broadleaf mix. The track rounds the heads of a couple of lush gullies, crossing small streams in each, and then descends through a series of sweeping zig-zags where the surrounding bush again transitions to kānuka. The bottom of Involution links up with the Old Weir Track; follow this for 500 m back to Marsden Valley Road.

 

Whilst it is predominantly used for mountain biking in the downhill direction, it can also be completed in either direction on foot. If you’re heading uphill, the native bush and winding track provides a more interesting experience and a gentler gradient than nearby Glider Road (just be cautious of mountain bikers coming down).

Updated 20 February 2019