Last Updated: 27th May 2024


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Ruapane Leg Burner

Hamilton, Waikato

Submitted by Jayne Tankersley

Last Updated: 27th May 2024


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Grunt Factor: 11 ?

Gnarl Factor: 70 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +20.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -20.1%


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Estimated Times to Run







A good leg burner if you're after a quick climb on technical terrain. Heading from car park follow the Tirohanga track towards the Ruapane Lookout. You'll start climbing quite soon and after about a km of steps and well groomed path the track gets steeper and you're scrambling up and over tree roots and muddy embankments. At 1.5kms you'll join up with another track but follow the signs to Ruapane lookout. The last 300m or so has you scaling some steep rocks, and you'll need shoes with a good grip for this. Catch your breath at the trig, and take in the views before heading back the way you came.

This trail includes the peak Ruapane.

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34 km

36 minutes





Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone

No water available

Care is needed if doing this route in rain as rocks might be slippery. Can get very muddy after rain.

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Trail Reviews

Awesome fun with some chains to help you get up the rocky bits. Well worth doing.

Anthony Sowerby

March 26, 2023

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