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1. Salmon Run, Fernhill Loop – Ben Lomond
This track is hands down my favourite Queenstown trail, it’s an incredible piece of dirt-art from Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s Wednesday-dig crew. This purpose built, single-track winds its way down from the top of Fernhill Loop through some sensational terrain and native forest. Salmon Run has it all, tight and technical, slippery rocks, roots, jumps, cliffs, sharp, steep, and a healthy dose of exposure thrown in too. Make sure you climb up the Beached As trail from the Skyline Gondola and chill at the McGazza memorial table to take in the epic view before dropping in. There’s definitely extra GNAR points on offer for riding the Salmon Run in the wet or at night during the depths of winter!
2. Huck Yeah, Queenstown Bike Park – Skyline Queenstown
“I like big jumps & I cannot lie” If you want to let go and embrace your inner ‘huck’ then this is for you. The jump track starts off with a half metre step-down drop, ideal for intermediate riders and above. It then continues into a series of 7-8 true-tabletops, with two-take offs on each jump ranging from 6 to 16 metres in length. Huck Yeah a grade 5 black trail is quite simply EPIC; it’s the big Jump line in the Skyline MTB network.
3. Rude Rock Trail - Coronet Peak
This is probably Queenstown’s most famous and must-do trail. Starting just above the base buildings at Coronet Peak Ski Field and winding its way down to Skippers Saddle. Rude Rock, a Grade 4 trail is 7kms long and full of flow and speed. It’s a confidence inspiring trail for all abilities, offering great views down Skippers Canyon. Make sure you look for the phallic shaped rock on the drive up for how it got its name.
4. G.S.D Trail, Queenstown Bike Park – Skyline Queenstown
A spicy grade 6 trail in the Skyline MTB trail network, this is one of the most technical tracks on the hill. It has rock gardens, drops, tricky corners and gnar galore! It’s also home to the infamous “Rollable as Bro” rock roll line. If you like steep and technical, with a few surprises thrown in, this is for you. (Disclaimer: biased opinion as I built this trail).
5. Murphy’s Run - Arrowtown
A quick 25-minute cycle up Tobins Track brings you to the start of Murphy’s Run; a sweet, flowing grade 3 single track descending back down to the Arrow River. Accessible all year round, this is a great, quick after-work ride that’s also great for dogs with a mellow gradient and the river at the bottom for them to cool off in.