Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Scout loop

Nelson, Nelson

Submitted by Nick Lane

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 13 ?

Gnarl Factor: 53 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +16.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -16.1%


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Well signposted carpark at the end of the road just before the Quarry. The start location is from the carpark, head up the road approximately 200m and cross over the bridge and through the gate.

Follow the 4WD road all the way up keeping left until you reach a single track trail and a small stream crossing further on. From the stream, it's all uphill until you reach the Involution trail crossing. Take a left onto Involution and follow it down all the way back to the carpark.

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Lots of space available, safe during daylight hours. Keep valuables on you and/or out of sight in the car.

5 km

7 minutes





Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Stream at the bottom and two stream crossings on the way down.

Can be very muddy and slippery after rain.

The climb up is very steep with the grade being 55%.

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Birte Kleinloog

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Trail Reviews

Good short and shape hit out. I don't recommend doing it in reverse and down the Scout Track after a recent downpour. Very slippery and then some decent stream crossings!

Jeremy Wheeler

May 11, 2023

This is a nice loop for punishing the quads and glutes. The uphill is 1.6ish km at 25%. After the waterfall/weir it is natural rock and root steps straight up the hill. The return is very runnable at an average of 10% downhill on a mixed use mountain bike track. Running quickly requires me to focus on foot placement due to rocks and roots. Marsden valley is dog friendly and the overlapping and surrounding tracks are worth a look. I save the scout track uphill for when I need extra punishment.

Gareth Harris

November 16, 2022

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