Submitted by Glenn Nicol
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Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
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An easy, pleasant run in Riverhead Forest on forestry roads so nothing technical. From start gate follow Long Bush Road for 1km then left up Link Rd then right following Barlow Road until it connects with Long Bush Road around 5km. Follow Long Bush Road (the main road, fairly obvious) until it reaches the intersection with Rahanui Road. Turn right and head north following Rahanui Road to the northern end of the forest, terminating at Bald Hill Road, where there is another entrance gate. Good views north here. Head back south following the same track until the Barlow Road/Long Bush Road intersection. Option to return on same track or take Long Bush Road which returns to the start. To get to 29km turn around at Link Road at the 25km mark and repeat the Long Bush Road climb (1.5km) then back to start.
Features of interest
Some nice views to the south east around the 4km mark. Nice farmland views at the northern end of the forest.
Make Up of Run
Gravel Road: 100%
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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Gate at northern end of Forestry Road
Plenty of parking on gravel road outside gate at northern end of Forestry Road. Can be busy on weekends as numerous groups use the forest for various activities but should always find a park. Public transport on surrounding roads but nothing direct to start.
Generally follows the main road which is obvious as being the widest road. If in doubt follow Long Bush Road. Generally well sign posted.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Not aware of any options for water.
Can be very dry during summer months, and muddy/slippery during winter and after rain, although the forestry roads are generally fine all year round. Exposed in parts but can easily shelter in the pine trees if needed.
Large trees so avoid in high winds.
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