Eskdale Outer LoopypopBeginner
Submitted by Brent Tucker
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Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
July 2020: The first 100m is open but the track is currently closed for track maintenance. You can go right and that will lead you to the green trail also listed.
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This is a nice little training run in a wee oasis amongst a residential area. Despite the small size of the reserve it is quite easy to get turned about and a little lost. The trails are well defined but don't have names and are poorly sign posted. Don't fret though, there is plenty of cell coverage, so there is always google maps. Once you've found the path, follow the stairs into the park and hang a left. Follow this along for about 1km and keep left at the fork. 450m more and left at the next fork (you'll cross the bridge on to the right on the way back). Most of the climbing is in the next 1km, just keep to the main trail. At about 2.4km in take the trail to the right, it gets a little technical and less marked here. At 3.2km you'll want to go right at the fork, then follow the switch backs down to the bridge from before. Left and back to the start.
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Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 80%
This entry to the trails is between 27 and 29 Stephanie Close, at the end of the cul-de-sac. There are however many other entries into the reserve, notably from Glenfield Rd at the top, and Kaipatiki Rd at the bottom.
There is generally ample parking on the streets around the area. The area is well serviced by buses.
Not going to lie, most people get lost on their first time. Luckily the worst that can happen is that you end up on the wrong road or adding a few extra kms.
While there is a stream through the middle, it's for stormwater run off, and no number of life straws would make me drink it. However you shouldn't need to as there is a water fountain at 1 and 4 km. Also at the top of the reserve there is a petrol station on Glenfield rd.
She gets pretty muddy in winter. It's not deep mud but can get a bit slippery.
There are sometimes mountain bikers on the trails - but very rarely.
People do walk their dogs off lead.
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