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Level: Easiest
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +40/ -41 ft
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Lake Hood trail

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#233 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#11,695 in the world

The Lake Hood Trail is a shared use track - flat, wide and easy without technical features. It makes for good early morning wake up spin.

It's a popular Sunday family ride. Runners and walkers like it too. It goes down river for 8km where it meets Lake Hood. The lake is man-made with facilities for water skiing and rowing. It's not safe to swim in the lake or the river. (Really!!!)

You can ride around the lake to see how the other half lives before heading back for a pleasant ride of about 20km altogether.

First added by Jim Cummings on Mar 17, 2017. Last updated Apr 21, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
The best way to the track is to ride south out of town and cross the Ashburton River Bridge on the shared walk-bike path. Immediately you reach the far side you'll see a gap in the fence on your left. Duck underneath the pipe and drop down onto the trail. If you drive out from town you can park on the right just over the bridge but the traffic will generally be against you.
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  • Jim Cummings

    This trail is on the opposite bank of the river from the Ashburton River Trail. Choose this one if you want an easy wide flat trail without even minor challenges. The lake is quite picturesque and you might be lucky and see some water skiing action. The trail is in mainly the shade along the river bank but is out in the open around the lake.

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