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Gates Of The East, Canterbury

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Gates Of The EastBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Matt Doherty

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Trail Information

14.00km

520m

520m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:30 (Slow)
1:40 (Moderate)
1:10 (Fast)

-10.1%

+10.0%

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Description

Captain Thomas & Greenwoods tracks, Greenwoods Farm Sumner. Someone posted that this is their favourite downhill, It wasn't in the guide, so here it is for everyone to enjoy.

A nice climb up to the Mt Pleasent trig overlooking Lyttleton and Diamond harbour. I've marked this as undulating small hills as I don't class hills as big until they hit 500m. Beginners out there should be aware that this is basically one long 460m climb:

From the roundabout at the start head over the stile then bridge over the creek onto Captain Thomas track. Follow this for 2.5km up to the Summit Rd (approx 2km up from the start take the right hand MTB track that goes above a small patch of bush.) At the road turn right and after 100m jump the stile on the left. Take the lower Greenwoods MTB track and wind you way up the hill on a nice flowing singletrack. When you come across a 4wd farm track turn left and head up a short distance to a gate. In front of the gate turn right and follow this signed MTB & walking track up over a couple of stiles to the trig at the top. Check out the views and return the way you came. Fantastic downhill that never fails to bring a smile, nice flowing berms, lots of rocky patches to keep you on your toes and for beginners to pratice some technical skills.


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Features of interest

360 degree views of Banks Peninsular, harbour, Pegasus Bay and out to the Alps


Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 60%

Easy Single Track: 40%


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  • Access

    Head along Wakefield Ave through Sumner until you see Van Asch Deaf School on your left. Take the next right (before you head up the hill) Sumnervale Drive Lower.  Head along to the end of the street (Pleanty of parking on the right hand side) Go into the reserve and clockwise around the horse field. Then up the steps to the roundabout. Across the roundabout is the start of Captain Thomas.

    Parking as described in start point description.
    Purple bus route termination is at the end of Wakefield Ave. approx 600m from trail start

    14 km

    25 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There is a water tap on a building in the horses field at the start/finish point

    Clay based so can be muddy and slow after prolonged rain.

    Keep an eye out for bikes. They have right of way on Greenwoods & the top section of Captain Thomas.

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