MOSSY LOOP & BAJA TRAIL
GRADE: 2. LENGTH: 1.5KM
BUILT: Mossy is an old school trail, Baja is an old forestry road bed, both re-instated as rideable trails around 2003 by Rick Todd.
In 2018 Ash Edwardes from the Rotorua Trails Trust cleared and simplified the trails to make them definite grade 2s and more flowy and XC.
GETTING THERE: Mossy and Baja link at different points onto the old gravel forestry road of Green Lake Rd. There is also an entrance to Mossy from beside State Highway 5, close to the Green Lake picnic area road.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: While the trails have low traffic due to their remote location, they are loved by those who enjoy the great scenic views of Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake).
Also useful for riders looking to 'put miles into their legs', as a loop around Mossy/Baja ups your day's riding time by a respectable amount.
Mossy is mostly gentle climbing to a high point then descending, except for a very steep (but short) climb if coming up from the Green Lake side.
Baja climbs briefly then descends gently though lovely forest and deposits riders on to Te Ara Ahi, a concrete path leading downhill all the way back to the Waipa Carpark.
You need a map and a sense of adventure or local knowledge out here - it's the farthest point from the MTB carpark and Long Mile Visitor Info Centre.
The riding is not technically difficult but you don't want to be taking wrong turns and doing more riding time that you planned out here!