GRADE: 4 LENGTH: 1.5km
BUILT BY: Commissioned by Rotorua Mountain Bike Club and built by volunteer labour in 2014
GETTING THERE: At the top of Moerangi road turn onto Bush Road. A mellow descent down the forestry road has a signposted viewpoint which is well worth a quick detour to check out the views from a sheer drop over the Green Lake.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Large stretches of off-camber singletrack through pine forest are the hallmark of this descending trail. There is hardly any pedalling required, and most of the trail can be ridden at slow speed if desired with the difficulty increasing as rider’s speed goes up. With a minimal approach to the build, the trail is currently changing with each race which utilises it and as it weathers naturally. This incremental development keeps it fresh for repeat visits.
GETTING OUT: The trail ends on Tikitapu road. Turn left and you’ll head towards the Blue Lake, and no trails to ride, or a long ride to get to them. Turn right and there are a few options - If you’re feeling fresh head down Tikitapu road, left down Branch road, then right on Lakefront road. You’ll come to the tar-sealed Nursery road which is closed to bikes - cross it carefully (the working forestry trucks use this heavily) and head straight over to Sandstone road. After a few seconds you’ll see Lookout road to your right which leads up to the No Brains trails. For an easier option at the end of Kung Fu Walrus, head to the right down Tikitapu road, then hook a right up Moerangi to ride a solid climb to access Split Enz or Rocky Horror. Or carry on past Moerangi and take the next right instead - up Pondy road. It’s a shorter climb than Moerangi and gets you to the top of Pondy DH trail. Or go even further down Tikitapu Road till you find Taura trail on your right which will take you back to the Eight Mile gate entry point of the forest