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GRADE: 4/5  LENGTH: 2.8km


BUILT: Originally built in 2000 by Dean Watson, Rick Todd and Matt Goodman. Adopted by the Rotorua Singlespeed Society and re-aligned in Spring 2009 with help from Red McHale and the Department of Corrections crews.


GETTING THERE: The Entrance is on Radio Hut Rd. very close to the intersection with Trig Rd.


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: An old style track with lots of corners - aiming to maximise the available area to get as much trail time as possible.

The top section of trail runs through dense canopy of Larches. It is welcoming and cool in summer, can be a test for eyesight in dim light during winter. After the rock drop the trail runs through pine forest.

Two iconic rock drops give the trail it's name. Those and a couple of rugged roll-overs on piles of logs provide the more technical sections of the trail. The rest of the trail holds nothing particularly gnarly apart from a couple of rutted, rooty corners in the pines towards the end.

There is a fork in the trail towards the end. Take either option, they join up again a short distance later.


GETTING OUT: Delivers you to Pohaturoa Rd where you have four options:

  1. Turn left and head up Pohaturoa Rd. to ride some more trails.
  2. Turn hard right on the gravel track to access mud pool road. Take the next two left turns and you'll be back at the entry to the forest from Waipa MTB Carpark.
  3. Veer right on Pohaturoa Rd. for a short distance then take the right hand singletrack climb to Rosebank. That will point you back towards the Waipa MTB Carpark.
  4. Roll all the way down Pohaturoa Rd. to the MTB Carpark. A good option to spin your legs out if it's the end of a big day on the bike.

 


Please ride within your limits, and be aware that trails can change with weather and heavy use from race events effecting their difficulty. Ride Rotorua will in no way be liable for any injury or damages arising from riding any of the trails listed on the Ride Rotorua website.

 

 

RIDERS COMMENTS:
Top section from Radio Hut rd has been cleaned up extensively and the lines re-defined and marked better.

 

Garth - 02/04/13 01:44pm

 

I love this track because its so versatile. You can do the bottom section as a way of going from the Pohaturoa/Baker's Hollow corner back towards the carpark (adding Rosebank to finish it off), or you can ride just the top section from Radio Hut Road (just along from where the Challenge trail starts) through to the top of the firebreak road heading down the hill to the geothermal area behind the Rosebank (runners used to call this downhill the Goat Track -- that's a fun descent at speed on a hardtail, and makes the top part of the Rockdrop a great way to end your ride). If you're feeling keen, you can add the uphill section of the Rockdrop to your ride (that's a challenging climb, at least for me), or you can try the downhill part -- whatever takes your fancy and suits your skill levels. The Rockdrop can be a grade 3 track, a grade 4 track, or even a grade 5 track, depending on which bits you choose to do.

 

Erik Westra - 15/06/08 11:13pm