Coppermine Saddle (878 m) is 1.1 km from Windy Point. Dun Mountain is the easiest-to-reach summit in the Richmond Range from the Nelson side. Broad panoramas of Tasman Bay and the rocky tops of Coppermine Saddle are just some of the rewards. The trail includes one of New Zealand's longest mountain bike down hills. There is a toilet and a signpost indicating the times and distances to the next locations. The trail follows the alignment of the historic Dun Mountain Railway, New Zealand’s first railway, which was in operation between 1862 and 1901 to transport chromite extracted from mines on the eastern slopes of Wooded Peak. Dun Mountain 1129m Sugar Loaf 308m Wooded Peak 1111m Coppermine Saddle 878m Windy Point 845m Dun Saddle M a i t a i R i v e r T h e S B r o o k Site of Third House 660m Site of First House ... Dun Mountain Trail Water Supply Pipeline Other Tracks Public Road MAP LEGEND Toilets Shelter Viewpoint Historic Site Cave Information and Map. On the upside, there was a section due south of the dam that was very smooth and delightful - undulating riding through beech forest. The Coppermine trail follows the Dun Mountain walkway along an historic railway line. The official starting point of Dun Mountain Trail is the beginning of Codgers Track, which follows the historic rail incline and doubles as one of the main entrances to Codgers MTB Park. See my phone screenshot below... can you really ride 19 kms uphill for 90-120 minutes? Whilst not alpine, the sparsely-vegetated mineral belt is very exposed, and Windy Point often lives up to its name. We had 100mm travel XC race bikes. smoother. Here there is a track junction that gives access to Dun Saddle, Dun Mountain Summit, Rocks Hut and Te Araroa Trail. It has become a popular mountain-biking circuit and is included as one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. Now follow the signs for Dun Saddle. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking. The 38km trail links Brook Valley with the Maitai Valley and reaches an elevation of 878m at Coppermine Saddle. Dun Mountain is one of the most distinctive mountains around Nelson Tasman due to its unique geology. Dun Mountain Trail also provides access to Rocks Hut and Te Araroa Trail, and passes through the trail riding areas of Codgers MTB Park and Fringed Hill. Abandoning your packs, you can appreciate the character of Dun Mountain by climbing perhaps 15 minutes up the winding track. Famous trail in New Zealand. Along the way you get stunning glimpses of Nelson, and across the Tasman bay to the Abel Tasman. Find the best 4x4, Jeep, ATV, Overland and Truck off-road trails in California. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking. Last week's heavy rain has put remediation work on the Dun Mountain Trail behind schedule following fresh damage to … This distinguishes it from Dun Mountain Trail; the latter officially starts at the beginning of Codgers Track and officially ends at Smiths Ford in Maitai Valley. The surface is VERY rough and only suitable for the best dual suspension MTB, especially the downhill (second half). Its appeal stems from the fascinating landscape it traverses, as well as its achievable length and ability to be completed from central Nelson. The trail crosses a large slip that has caused issues over the last few years. erll defined track though essentially for mountain bikers, The track was well defined but poorly marked. from N McKay Ave. btwn Vance & Carr streets (Dunn) to East H St. & SR 217/82 (Erwin). As it links with many other tracks on the surrounding ridges and valleys, routes of varying length and difficulty can be created. The most obvious remaining evidence of the mining works are the spoil piles, though you may also spot some of the surviving railway sleepers beneath your wheels (or feet). Alternatively you can begin at the car park at the start of Tantragee Road, where a walkway climbs uphill for 1 km to link with the original rail alignment. The rest of the descent is much easier to manage. It is the namesake of the popular Dun Mountain Trail, as well as the Dun Mountain Mineral Belt and dunite, the ultramafic rock which the latter largely comprises. All of our trail guides contain high quality information, videos, pictures, and gpx downloads. Bikers should be very cautious of walkers through this section. The Dun Mountain rises to 1129m and due to its unique geology, is one of the most distinctive mountains around Nelson. View amenities, descriptions, reviews, photos, itineraries, and directions on TrailLink. All in all, a highly recommend trip - coming from a road biker with little to none mountain biking experience. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. The first half follows the route of the historic Dun Mountain Railway, which was completed in 1862 bringing chromite from the Duppa Lode near Coppermine Saddle until the ore ran out in1866. For less expert mountain bikers, the ride up and back via Third House is still a great day out, just remember that there will be people riding up as you rid… While completely rideable up and we got down everything these trails with big jumps and giant berms really do suit bigger travel modern enduro bikes. , especially the downhill ( Second half ) pipeline, and gpx downloads trail contain. 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