O2K RollerBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
Sweet single track mountainbike / running trail. Share with care, two way.
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Start from Kinloch lakefront, running west. after 1km the trail heads into the bush. It can be windy on the lakefront but is generally sheltered once you enter the bush.
At 2.6km there's a signpost that sends you right to Otaketake (ignore the straight on to Kawakawa Bay). From here you wind up over well-graded single trail for a couple of kms until you reach a large boulder with stunning views out over the lake towards Tongariro.
The trail continues undulating but trending up. As you climb there are views through trees over to Kinloch and across the valley over Whangamata Road. Lovely running along the ridgeline then a sustained wee climb just before you reach a gate at 10.8km. From here it's just a couple of hundred metres to the road. Then its time to turn around and enjoy the well-earned downhill all the way back.
(An alternative would be to head along the road to Orahau and continue the loop to Kawakawa Bay and then Kinloch)
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Features of interest
Varied forest. Lots of birds.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 100%
Start at Kinloch where you would start for K2K. You could also start at the Whangamata Rd end at the Orahau carpark but for an out-and-back a Kinloch start is recommended.
Safe parking available in car park at Kinloch and also at Orahau if reversing run (or just going one way)
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
No water available on route. Toilets at Kinloch.
Could be muddy after rain.
Post run indulgence
Handy, good service, used to bikers and trampers, always friendly
Handy when The Tipsy Trout is clised or for a quick takeaway
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