The Backcountry Trust has been an ongoing supporter of the improvement and maintenance of the Mountain Biking trail network in Craigieburn Forest Park.
To date we have funded some $69,000 worth of work on a variety of trails in the network. This work has ranged from smaller projects such as the replacement of a small bridge on the Luge Track, through to bigger works, like contractors to repair and realign parts of the Hogs Back and Dracophyllum tracks.
The contractor work with diggers is sometimes mixed in with the hand tool work by volunteers and shows the way it can be a perfectly workable model to get different groups working together to safely carry out some maintenance or trail improvement.
The Craigieburn Trails have their own website and provide regular updates on the trail status. After this very wet spring, many of the trails are currently closed to prevent degradation, but as soon as things dry out a bit more they'll be good to go for enduro peddling.
There are tracks for varying rider skill and experience in the network from grades 2 – 5 and the Backcountry Trust is proud to be supporting this as one of the many groups helping to maintain this unique backcountry mountain biking experience. A lot of this work, and the whole vision for this recreational opportunity, is driven by the local Castle Hill Community who are passionate about the potential for backcountry mountain biking in this part of the South Island.