Caribbean Baked Beans Intermediate
Submitted by Richele McKenzie
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Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
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From the end of Caribbean Drive head up the sealed road. After c.300m turn left onto the wide grassy track, past the old Paint Ball building with the cross on it, and up and over to the (gravel) road again (this route cuts out some road running).
Follow the old wooden posts with arrows on them. Ignore the road turning right c.1.2k from the start and eventually the gravel road trail becomes single trail, winding up to Horokiwi Road (trail comes out across from No 556). At the road turn right and c.100m along head up onto the unfenced area on the east (left) side. The "Secret" track starts here.
Keep alert along this trail as it winds down to the Belmont Regional Park - it sometimes splits into two options and at times is not easy to make out. At the bottom cross the stream onto a prominent trail, turn right and follow the track until you get to the sign for Belmont trig. Here is your opportunity to add more trails to your day out. Otherwise turn around and head back, passing the Secret track entrance (and the track to the right that also goes to the trig) and follow the Horokiwi Bridleway all the way back up to Horokiwi Road. Run c.900m along the road until you return to the trail that takes you back down to Grenada North.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 35%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 28%
Gravel Road: 11%
Sealed Road: 16%
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
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The trail starts at the end of Caribbean Drive, next to Grenada North Park.
There is plenty of space to park at the start of the trail but recommended parking is further down near Grenada Park as it seems safer. 1.3km walk up hill from the Takapu Road railway station.
Approx 300m from the start the trail veers off the road and goes up and across a wide grassy patch. Keep the old Paint Ball building with a cross on it on your left. You may need to push through a small bit of scrub past the building but it's worth it to avoid running on the road.
The entrance for the "Secret" track down to Baked Beans / Belmont Regional Park is c.100m south of 556 Horokiwi Road.
The entrance for the track down to Grenada north is directly opposite 556 Horokiwi Road.
Navigation can get tricky in the middle section of the "Secret" track. Downloading the GPX file is recommended.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There are plenty of streams but no drinking water.
Avoid the lower parts of the Bridleway during very heavy rain as there are quite a few stream crossings.
The Secret Track can get very slippery.
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