Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Elevation: +724/700 ft
Total: 5 riders
Mountain Biking Silvan Forest
#186 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#10026 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!
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
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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