Fairy House LoopBeginner - Intermediate
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Beginner - Intermediate
Beautiful loop run that starts and finishes on Stokes Valley Road, leading into native bush on a steep technical single track trail and then onto the wide ECNZ ridgeline with views of the Hutt Valley before dropping back down onto smaller more technical trails on the Horoeka Street Scenic Reserve where you can spot fairy houses along the trail.
The trail starts at the top of Stokes Valley Road with a small trail entrance on the right hand side with a signpost for the ECNZ trail. When on the ECNZ ridgeline, when you go past the concrete bollards/gate continue approx 500 metres on the gravel road look out for the trail that continues to the left (yellow gate), if you start descending steeply on the gravel road you have gone too far.
Features of interest
Scenic reserve tracks
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 60%
Sealed Road: 10%
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
Starting at the top of Stokes Valley Road (can start further down if you want to) there is free parking all along the main road, the trail starts at the top, a small trail entrance on the right hand side with a sign to the ECNZ track
Free parking all along Stokes Valley Road and also a main bus route that runs to the top of the road as well.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
No water on trail. Shops on Stokes Valley Road to stock up on supplies before setting off
Trails can be muddy and slippery after rain. Can be windy/cold/exposed on ridgeline.
Trails going up to and down from the ridgeline are technical and steep in places. Some very small water crossings on the descent at Horoeka Street Scenic Reserve. Extra care required on these sections.
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