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O2K Roller, Waikato

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O2K RollerBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Anne-Louise Robertson

Info Info

Trail Information

22.00km

365m

365m

 

Waikato

Taupo

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Lakeside

Beginner - Intermediate

3:15 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)

-4.8%

+4.8%

Sweet single track mountainbike / running trail. Share with care, two way.

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Description

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%


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  • Access

    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)

    21 km

    18 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Generally good.

    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

    Tipsy Trout
    Kinloch
    Handy, good service, used to bikers and trampers, always friendly

    Kinloch Store
    KINLOCH
    Handy when The Tipsy Trout is clised or for a quick takeaway

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    Trailforks.com/trails/otaketake/

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