The Killdevil Intermediate - Experienced
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Intermediate - Experienced
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The Killdevil track is the beginning (or end) of the Waingaro Anatoki circuit and the track starts with the climb up the Killdevil - a 900 metre ascent up through regenerating bush. The hill climb has been upgraded by The Nelson Mountain Bike Club and is a never ending series of switchbacks. Mountain Bikers get flown up to the hill top for the epic switchback descent so keep and ear open !! The track is in good condition and the multiple switchbacks ease the grade...a bit !
Once at the top the track sidles along an east facing ridge then crosses over to the North side of the ridge and you are high above the Waingaro river with fantastic views down to the river and into its headwaters and over towards the Cobb. The track descends steeply in parts and is quite rough, but remains on the ridge to the turn off to Rordans hut. There is no sign at the junction, just a hut bollard and arrow pointing left (south) and the hut is 1.5 km along this track. Retrace your steps back to carpark. This is a grunty run. It's awesome and your legs will burn!!
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Features of interest
Old 1930's gold miners trail and Roirdans Hut is an old Miners 3-bunk Hut. Hut was recently restored to original condition using locally sourced beech and weather boards. The roof shingles were hand adzed to look as good as the day it was built in 1930s.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 16%
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 34%
Turn off Hiway 60 , near the UpperTakaka river crossing , onto Uruwhenua Road drive about 3/4 km up the road till a gravel farm road turns right (west.) This road is un-named and is a farm road with an access easement to the start of the track (1 km.) There is an old DOC sign pointing to Killdevil Track at the junction with Uruwhenua road.
The parking area is small and rough but there is a large DOC sign at the start of the track and parking for about 3 cars. The farm road is rough for 2 wheel drive cars but ok. Carpark is safe.
Just be careful on the top ridge if cloud has clagged in as track markers can be hard to see - take a map and compass just in case.
Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map.
Take water with you and plenty of it - you will need it especially if it's a hot day. There is NO water the entire track . If it has been wet before you go there are a couple of spots after the Killdevil hill where water can be found but don't rely on it and if its been a dry summer there is NONE not even at the hut !!
The ridge beyond the Killdevil hill is long and exposed, so be prepared. In winter there is snow along the ridge
Watch out for groups of crazy down hill Mountain Bikers - don't worry this track isn't that popular so your more likely to have it to yourself.
Take plenty of water as this is a "dry" track!!
Post run indulgence
Its Takakas finest
Canaan road on top of Takaka Hill
Primo spot funky cafe
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