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Rude Rock Loop


Ride the most quintessential Queenstown trail as a loop.

Mountain Biking Difficult

7.1 km
361 m
361 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
872 m
High Point
1.2 km
Rude Rock Loop Map

Rude Rock is a legendary trail that every advanced rider should experience at least once. It's a 3km downhill blast that follows the natural contours of the rocky slopes of Coronet Peak, with sweeping turns, optional jumps and drops, and breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys.


Rude Rock is accessed via the Coronet Peak ski area road, about 15km from Queenstown. You can shuttle up to the start of the trail, or pedal up if you're feeling fit. The trail begins just above the base buildings and immediately drops into a series of smooth berms and rollers. The trail then traverses the hillside, with some exposed sections that require caution on windy days. The trail offers plenty of opportunities for airtime, with natural features and man-made jumps that can be rolled or boosted. The trail ends just before the Skippers Canyon access road, where you can either shuttle back up or continue on to Morning Glory and Hot Rod for more fun.

Rude Rock is a classic natural trail that showcases the best of Queenstown's terrain and scenery. It's fast, fun and flowy, with a perfect balance of challenge and reward. It's one of the most popular trails in the area, and for good reason. It's a must-do for any true mountain biker visiting Queenstown.

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Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between December and April


  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Drops
  • Jumps

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