Belmont Bash Beginner
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Starting along a flat section of trail and a short piece of sealed road, the track follows Korokoro Stream up to Korokoro Forks (about 3.5km in), where you take the right fork (sticking with the stream) up to Korokoro Dam (another 1.1km along). Just past Korokoro dam you take a long flight of stairs, and where the trail branches again, take the right hand option up to Oakleigh Street (another 1.1km). All of the track is well marked and maintained.
Turn tail and follow your footsteps for the return.
Features of interest
The track takes you past Woollen Mills Dam and Korokoro Dam, following the track of Korokoro Stream for most of the route.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 98%
Gravel Road: 1%
Sealed Road: 1%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Take the entrance to Belmont Reserve from the end of Cornish Street, off Western Hutt Road. There's a short bridge across the stream into the reserve, and the trail to take is to your immediate left when you cross the bridge.
There is a fair amount of (free) street parking along Pita-One Road (branches off Cornish Street) plus a small public carpark (for about 12 cars) on the corner of Cornish and Pita-One (but this takes Parkmate payment only - see here for more info).
There is also a small (free) carpark at the Oakleigh St end of the trail, so you could do this route in either direction or make it just a point-to-point one-way run if you could organise a pick up at the other end. The Cornish Street end of the trail is within easy walking/running distance of Petone Railway Station.
The track is very well marked at each branch point, so navigation is entirely straightforward.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There is a water fountain next to the public toilets at the carpark of Oakleigh Street end of the trail. Would not recommend drinking from Korokoro Stream itself.
Unshaded for first few kms, so can get very hot in summer - take sunscreen!
At several points along the trail there are signs alerting you to areas of potential rockfalls, and recommending you don't stop between these signs as indicated. The trail is popular with runners, hikers and mountain bikers and is a shred trail, so be alert for bike riders in particular.
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See other runs nearby:
Eastbourne Ridge Loop
XTERRA Orongorongos Long Course
Belmont Regional Park - Oakleigh to Hill
Wainui Trail Park
Mt Matthews - Mukamuka Loop
Where in the Whakanui?
Te Whiti Firebreak Calf Burn
Puke Ariki Traverse
Cannon Point Trig via Zig Zag
Te Whiti Riser
Belmont Tadpole Loop
Lighthouses and Lakes
Pareraho to Cornish
Baring It All
Wainuiomata Recreation Area
Fairy House Loop
Dry Creek Loop
Riversdale Beach Southern Reserve
Waddington Loop of Wander
Mini Makara Mission
Sugarloaf and Waterfalls Loop
Loop the Hutt Valley