Level: Expert
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: -
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Slip Saddle

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#189 of 415 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#5423 in the world

Slip Saddle is a very steep and sustained 3.5 km, grade 6 downhill ride. In places the trail is rutted and sometimes rocky but mostly the turf is tussock covered. This is a very demanding trail but if you crash out there is a good chance you'll survive in most places. As downhills go, it's up there with the best.

It starts about a third of the way up Coro XC. You have to watch out for it - it heads off behind you as you come out of a switchback. There is no sign.

At the bottom you have to take the Bush Creek track to Arrowtown. Hence you really need a shuttle to take you up to Coronet Peak and to pick you up at Arrowtown.

You might as well do the Coro DH trail while you're up there and make an afternoon of it. The Coro DH starts at the top of the Coro XC trail. It's rockier at the top and steep but mellows out as it goes down.

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
Slip Saddle starts about a third of the way up the Coro XC trail which in turn starts near the top of Coronet Peak Road.
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  • Jim Cummings

    It's very steep and you don't get a lot of opportunity to relax! It's a sustained challenge. Lot's of variation too. Some tricky ruts but not that many. The problem with it is access if you don't have a friendly driver to take you up to Coronet and then pick you up at Arrowtown.

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