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Level: Intermediate
Length: 25 mi (40.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +564/529 ft
Total: 3 riders
 

Mountain Biking Hira Forest Mountain Bike Park

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#120 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#8550 in the world

From downtown Nelson go up Maitai Road for 2km, then turn left into Sharlands Road where you'll see the car park in just 50 metres.

There is a map board in the car park. Check it out then treadle your way up gravel forestry roads towards the top, 500 metres into the sky... You go up Sharlands Road and then Bobs Fern Road (it's a loop and you want to go up it the second time you see it). Before long you'll see a sign to the Scottwood Wiggles trail. I think there are three signs and three ways to get onto this sweet singletrack at different levels. ---

You can go all the way up the road to a fire break which you can push your bike up to the very top of the hill. From there you can take a trail called Slingshot which goes down you to the start of Scottwood Wiggles. But don't! I did and it's not worth it. The locals obviously don't bother - it's overgrown and little used. ---

During the descent, Scottwood Wiggles morphs into Sharlands Valley Trail but you don't need to know it. Just keep following your front wheel. The only time you come out on the road, turn down left then within 20 metres turn right into more singletrack.
The trail down is suitable for intermediate riders. It's varied and interesting, mainly through pine forest, but don't expect lots of fun stuff like berms, jumps, rollers and on it. But it's a very pleasant down-slope ride that will well reward you for the long slog up the hill. ---

Other trails you could try are Ching's Highway and R&R Rush. I didn't so it's up to you to review them! ---

If Sharlands Road is closed because of logging operations then I think your best option is to go to another mountain bike park such as Codgers which is not far away. ---

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
From downtown Nelson go up Maitai Road for 2km, then turn left into Sharlands Road where you'll see the car park in just 50 metres. The trails are in a production pine plantation and an entry permit is required. You can pick one up from any Nelson bike shop.
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  • jeffjodun
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    Awesome singletrack. 8km of flowing singletrack with cool bridges down a valley close to Nelson city

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  • Jim Cummings
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    It's a long haul up a forest road before the fun starts. Then the down-slope singletrack ride goes on and on and you'll be smiling all the way back to where you started! It's a fun ride, but these just rough trails through a plantation pine forest. You won't find a lot of flowing bermy bendy style stuff. But there are some fine drop-offs and other little challenges - plenty to keep you interested.

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