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Level: Expert
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +2,666/2 ft
Total: 6 riders
 

Mountain Biking Peaking Ridge

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#140 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#8991 in the world

After riding up the forestry roads to the Fringed Hill radio masts you'll start riding hiking trails through native forest. For bikers they are intensely technical with roots, drop-offs, sharp corners, narrow gaps and unrideable sections.

Ride-push along the ridge for two kilometers where you'll see two signs pointing to the left; an old one saying Peaking Ridge and a new one saying Sunshine Ridge. You'll ride down both ridges; Sunshine first, then Peaking.

Eventually, you'll come out on the Dun Mountain Trail which you'll follow back down to Maitai Valley.

Best not to go by yourself or without a topo map, food, water and your cell phone!

First added by Jim Cummings on Apr 24, 2020. Last updated Apr 24, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
From downtown Nelson, take Maitai Valley Road to the car park beside the camp ground. Ride up Groom Road to Tantragee Saddle and follow Fringed Hill Road to the radio masts at the top. You'll find a hiking track behind the highest mast.
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  • Jim Cummings
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    This is a very rugged back-country ride along hiking tracks that will maim you if you are not an expert rider. Before you start you will have a warm-up climb on forestry roads, gaining nearly 800 metres. Then comes the long, long ride back down!

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