Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Lake D Dash

Hamilton, Waikato

Submitted by Marcus Daws

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 11 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +2.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -2.1%


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At just over 3km and a flat walking track this is a nice easy trail but great for a leg stretch or rhythm run. Do as many laps as you like and leave your water bottle/snacks at the car to grab on the way past. It's a beautiful setting which is popular with dog walkers and families, also open for people to use the lake so you get the occasional water-skier or kayakers.

The terrain is a mix of native bush, lake side, grass & gravel path. The majority is grass or gravel that travels lake side or through native bush.

Three laps is pretty much 10k and is the basis for FKTs on this run.

Several mai-mai's dotted around, busy during duck season

Plenty of free parking at the lake side

19 km

21 minutes




Perfect throughout.

Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, First aid kit, Cellphone

No drinking water

Duck hunting season may limit access

Trail Legend

Murray Taylor

Murray Taylor

has completed Lake D Dash 26 times in the last year.

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Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Three laps is pretty much 10k and is the basis for FKTs on this run.

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Trail Reviews

Lovely flat run. Did it on a weekday as a recovery run and was super quiet. There is some tree cover around the lake but it can be hot out there.

Jasmine MNijel

May 4, 2022

Good one for a nice blat - nice paths and some grassy bits. Lots of midges around in Spring... so take sunnies and keep your mouth closed~

Jayne Tankersley

September 21, 2020

Beautiful little trail. I took Joyce's advice and used it to stretch out the legs after running the Hakarimata-Brownlee Ave Loop.

Matt Rowbotham

January 27, 2020

Good track to run and stretch out the legs (especially if you do Hakarimata before hand). Flat track mainly gravel. For the 'time to run' I would say Novice 30mins, Intermediate 20mins, Elite 12mins is a more fair representation. You can find the carpark with this address (or look for Lake Kainui) 421A Lake Road, Horsham Downs 3791

Joyce Leevard

December 9, 2019

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