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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +392/381 ft
Total: 3 riders
 

Mountain Biking Coal Pit Spur Track

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#55 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#4851 in the world

This is a very well made track, nicely benched with a good surface. It traverses beech forest with a nice cover of dappled light. As a mountain bike track it was very poorly designed - the gradient is all over the place and you won't find interesting technical features. But it does make for a good workout in a pleasant environment. There are two easy stream crossings and you will get wet feet.

The Coal Pit Spur track provides off-road access from Flock Hill Station to the Craigieburn Skifield Road and all the other amazing mountain bike tracks in the Craigieburn Forest.

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
The Coal Pit Spur Track is two way and you can access it from both ends... *** North end: Right opposite Flock Hill Station there is a large parking area. It's 111km from Christchurch and 38km from Arthurs Pass on highway 73... *** South end: It starts about a kilometre up Craigieburn Ski-field Road on the right, just before the gate and car park. There is no sign - just a marker post and a pile of gravel to stop 4 wheel drive vehicle access. The Craigieburn Ski-field Road branches off highway 73 just 107km from Christchurch and 43km from Arthurs Pass... *** From the DOC campsite on Broken River Ski-field Road there is a good access track that goes to Craigieburn Ski-field Road. That access track is called "Sidle 73" and is well signposted at both ends. It's only about 1km long.
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  • Desperado
    *****

    I liked riding through NZ beech forest on this trail. It has some great moments and I've (over)rated it 5 stars, because the singletracks rating system will drag down the overall, Craigieburn Forest rating if I don't - and overall Craigiburn Forest is rad, rad, rad, rad, rad!!.

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  • Jim Cummings
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    Built as a mountain bike track but not as good as the old hiking trails you can ride on elsewhere in the Craigieburn Forest...

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