The Dragon amongst the GumsBeginner - Intermediate
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Beginner - Intermediate
It is a working farm, so on occasion sheep will be out amongst the tracks.
Starting from the gate going up the driveway. As you go up the rise you will see a gate on right. Enter trails through this.
Your first climb is a zig zag up and on the third zig zag (after about 150m) you should see a trail going steeply up on your right coming off the trail you are on. Watch for this as its can be easily missed. Follow this trail as it weaves its way through the gums. At about 1.75km you should arrive at the top dam. Go right here and around the back on the dam and after about 150m you will see a trail on up the hill to your right.
Follow this upwards as it zig zags up the hill. You will arrive at the top of the hill and by the water tank you will see a gate on your right (it should be open) and the trail going down the other side of the hill you just came up. Follow this trail as it takes you around the backside of the park and you will eventually come up to the top of that zig zag climb you made up from the dam (about 5.8km into the run). Go left back down to the dam and instead of tracing back the way you came up from the bottom of the park, go right once you reach the dam and enjoy a cool run down the park and back to the gate and driveway.
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Features of interest
Gum Trees and Dams
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 75%
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
Gum Tree Park Mountain Biking. It is listed on google maps as this. On Mt Herbert Road, Waipukurau. Basically follow Mt Herbert road until it becomes unsealed by the quarry, continue for about another 1km and you should see the sign post for the bike park and access point on your right.
Plenty on parking on the road. No access via the driveway for cars.
No major issues, you can't really get too lost in this park.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
No water on course, don't drink from dams!
Can get quite muddy in winter and the sheep sometimes cut up the track.
Watch for sheep and mountain bikers
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