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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +724/700 ft
Total: 5 riders
 

Mountain Biking Silvan Forest

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#186 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#10013 in the world

There is a target of 40km of trails for this mountain bike park in a plantation forest on the steep slopes of the Richmond Ranges to the south of the town. There is a map board at the gate and there are lots of sign posts to keep you on track as you explore.

The good news is Alpha - an excellent climbing singletrack that will take you up to the top of the forest. Most of the other trails branch off it as it climbs.

The most popular trail is Goliath which has lots of switchbacks and some small jumps - not to mention braking bumps. Overall, the trails are not exactly feature-filled but one thing they do have is plenty of is switchbacks. Hopefully you will feel rewarded for the climb up the hill!

First added by Jim Cummings on Apr 21, 2020. Last updated Apr 21, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
Exit Richmond on Champion Road which is off Salisbury Road. Look for the MTB signs as you approach the end of Champion Road. Google Maps will take you there if you ask for Silvan Mountain Bike Park. It's less than 4km from downtown Richmond.
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  • MartiniMC
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    When I visited it was a wet weekend. Trails are all clay based, but the cambers were spot on meaning it wasn't an issue

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  • Jim Cummings
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    I didn't warm to these trails although they had their moments. I think track builders have limited options in plantation forests on steep slopes. The Exodus trail in Silvan Forest is a good example. It's something of an engineering feat benched into the steep slopes of the hillside but it isn't an exciting ride... However, if you like switchbacks you'll love Silvan Forest. There are hundreds of them!!!

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