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This trail is maintained by the Mid-Canterbury Mountain Bike Club and is a multiple use track. It is a loop track, clearly marked with directional arrows. It is a section of track that links to a larger network of tracks that runs alongside the Ashburton River on both the North and South Side. It is a fun urban trail run that loops through the willows with very 'slight" up and downs throughout the track. It is technical underfoot, not hard technical but there are a few rocks and tree roots ready to jump out and get you. Just follow the trail, it's easy. The trail is suitable for running prams, though on the more adventurous side. Also a great track for kids to bike ride whilst parents running.
Features of interest
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 70%
Gravel Road: 10%
Parking and start of the track is beside the Ashburton River Bridge. Entrance off SH1 opposite the new Countdown before you cross the bridge from Ashburton to Tinwald.
Lots of parking beside the bridge. If traffic is heavy it can be difficult exiting Parking Lot if you need to cross traffic.
This track is easy to follow. Clearly marked and used by many local for mountain biking and riding.
Windproof jacket, Cellphone.
Being next to river this track does flood in some sections during/after rain events. All streams are passable in all weather. During strong wind, it is not uncommon for trees to come down across the track and it is inadvisable to run the track during extremely strong winds.
Take care in high winds and heavy rain.
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