Corotown is a 9km mountain bike route with approximately 900m of descent, leading from the alpine terrain on the edge of Coronet Peak across ridge lines, down some steep faces into the valley behind Arrowtown.
The track begins on the edge of the Coronet Peak boundary. To access it, you climb for 10 minutes or so up the trail on looker’s right side of the ski resort. Look out for a not-so-obvious trail branching off to the right just after a hairpin bend. Note that there is just one sign to the track and it’s easy to miss!
Corotown is for advanced riders! It’s a rugged, challenging track, more suited to backcountry mountain bikers than trail cruisers. The track is split into two sections, Slip Saddle and Bush Creek walking track.
Slip Saddle is made up of exposed faces that are steep and technical, with one narrow, rutted track to follow. The route continues down through some tricky rocky outcrops into the Bush Creek valley, turning into a duel-purpose walking-biking track.
At this point the track becomes much less technical and more flowing, but involves over a dozen creek crossings. These are never more than a few meters wide, however some require a small drop into the water. Prepare to get wet! It’s unavoidable.
Be cautious of your speed through here, as the duel-purpose trail was a walking track first and foremost. It’s important for riders to give way here and to avoid any unnecessary conflicts – please read the signs and be conscious of other users.
The route comes out in the Bush Creek Reserve, right in the middle of Arrowtown, and takes between 45mins and an hour in total.
Thanks to Matt from Arrow Bikes for building this amazing trail!