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Level: Expert
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 3 riders

Mountain Biking 629 Trail

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#35 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#3777 in the world

To ride the 629 trail as a loop start from the Smith's Ford Bridge on Maitai Valley Road. Follow the Pipeline Trail until it ends at a gravel road. Turn right after 50 metres and begin the long steep climb to the top. Watch out for the sharp left just before a clearing. From there the climb is even steeper! At the end of the road you'll see the 629 sign post.

The 629 trail is a grade 5 (expert) purpose-built, downhill, feature-rich mountain bike track with steep chutes, root drops, rock drops, rock gardens, tight switchbacks, ruts and it's generally narrow so there is not a lot of room for error. It's a trail that keeps throwing challenges at you but they are not extreme so expert riders will overcome most of them and be left with a feeling of exhilarating success!!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
You can pick up the 629 trail from the bottom of the Sunrise Ridge Trail but most people ride it as a loop. To do that you either ride about 10km up Maitai Valley Road from Nelson or drive up the road and park near where the trail exits. If you ask Google Maps to take you to 650 Maitai Valley Road you'll be close to a gravel parking area just before Smith's Ford Bridge. You start the loop by riding up the Pipeline Trail. See the trail description for more directions...
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  • Jim Cummings

    The 629 trail has some notoriety having featured on Easton's Havoc release video. It's a downhill trail with cross-country features, has lots of variety, keeps you focused all the way, and can be joined with Sunrise Ridge for an epic challenge.

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