Silica Rapids trailBeginner
Submitted by Orla Drylie
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiversideOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/topsVolcanic
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This track starts across the road from the fire station. Follow the signs around for Silica Rapids, keeping to the left at intersections. After 5km, you will come out onto Bruce Road, turn left and it's just over 2km downhill on the road to the village. Alternatively, to avoid the road and lengthen the run, you could re-trace your steps back past the rapids
Features of interest
Silica rapids, great views of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe. You can see Mt Taranaki on a very clear day
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 50%
Sealed Road: 30%
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
Track starts opposite the fire station
Parking at head of the trail. No public transport
Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Streams en-route producing great drinking water
It is very exposed and at a high altitude in places. It can get very windy. Stick to the trails and abandon if required.
Post run indulgence
Good coffees and food for all taste buds
Good, honest pub grub with a great selection of draught beers
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See other runs nearby:
Round Ruapehu (RTM Track)
Taranaki Falls & Tama Lakes
Tongariro Northern Circuit
Ketetahi Carpark Time Trial
Taranaki Falls Beauty
Sash and Door Trail
Ruapehu Mile Higher Club
The Great Pinnacle