Fun at RiverheadBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Dan Boulton
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Beginner - Intermediate
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From the start/gate, head 170m up Long Bush Rd and look out for a track entrance on the left, head into the bush for about 100m and look out for a hard 270 degree left turn down to the creek. Follow this track up a gradual hill for 1.1km to Barlow Rd. Cross this road and enter the bush trail again 10m up on your right. Once you are a 100m into the bush, take a share right up a trail, staying on this for 500m (keep left at the fork 100m up the hill).
After 500m you reach a steep 4WD track, the trails crosses this about 10m down to the left (this trail entrance isn't that easy to spot). Cross the 4WD track and follow the trail again for about 700m, undulating over some great trails. When you hit the next 4WD track, turn right and follow this up 150m to a main forestry road. Turn left on this road and then almost immediately take the first right road at the fork, follow this down 200m and you will reach another fork. Right as the fork splits you enter the a trail, follow this fun undulating trail for 700m where it spits you out onto another 4WD trail.
Turn left onto this, and stay on it for 800m, until you reach a big open area or t-insterction. To the right a trail falls away down a hill, follow this down to stream crossing and back up onto a 4WD track. Turn left, and after 15m take the steep track to the right, climbing 500m up to Strip Rd. Turn right and stay on Strip Rd for 1.2km, merge right onto Barlow Rd. Stay on Barlow Rd for 1.2km, the last 700m is uphill from the Link Rd intersection. After 1.2km on Barlow Rd you will find a small forestry road on the left, take this down for about 250m and you will find a trail entrance on the left. This takes you all the way down to the trail you started on off Long Bush Rd, about 1km of fun fast trails. Back on Long Bush Rd run right and head back to your car.
Features of interest
Typical pine forest, but has lots of undulating hills which work the legs. I love the small lumps and bumps which you can have fun bouncing over. Can be muddy, but adds to the fun.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 70%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Gravel Road: 10%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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Start is only 20min from city. Start right at the end of Forestry Rd in front of the locked gates. Forestry Rd is off Deacon Rd. From the city google map Deacon Rd, this is off Riverhead Rd which comes off the first round about as you head into Riverhead township itself. Easy to find. You can park at the end of Forestry Rd in front of the locked forest gates.
Park at the end of Forestry Rd before the gate, don't block the gate as people use it.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Being a working forest, it doesn't have many (if any signs), hence the detailed instructions. Take a map, or a phone that has GPS map that shows where you are. I find the map on the Suunto Movescount app is really good.
There are heaps and heaps of great trails at Riverhead forest, you just have to spend time working out how to get around them.
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Limited, there are streams but none I would drink out of.
Can be muddy in winter or right after big rains. Still very enjoyable though.
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