11 miles
Distance
1,454 ft
Climb
-1,454 ft
Descent
1,624 ft
High Point

Should take an hour at race speed or 1 1/2 to 2 hours for a social ride. Mostly Grade 3. Park at the gate at the corner of Hill Rd and 8 Mile Gate Rd.

Head up Hill Rd, 200 metres, turn right into Reservior Rd after 20m or so you should see Yellow Brick Road on the right. At the end of Yellow Brick Road turn left. You should be smiling already. Follow Sandy Skid Rd (which is a forestry road), veer right at any intersections. You should find Pondy New on the left with the exit of Pondy Downhill on the right. Ride all of Pondies into Roller Coaster. Ride all of Roller Coaster. Hooting yet? At the end of Roller Coaster turn left into Ring Rd a short distance and take Old Chevy on the right. Eyes peeled for the Old Chevy sign as it's set a tiny bit off the road and is not a regulation sign. At the end of Old Chevy, you are back to the start of Yellow Brick, bail here if you like OR (I recommend the OR) go across Hill Rd into Larch Rd and take the first road on the right which is Nice Rd. Follow Nice Rd up to Sweet & Sour trail head which is on the left. Can you see the map is a big help? If you are on Nice Rd and you hit Pipeline Rd you have gone to far. Ride all of Sweet & Sour to Red Tank Rd, hang right at the end of Sweet & Sour, after 100m or so on Red Tank Rd hook a left into Be Rude Not To - ride all of Rude but towards the end and this is a tricky bit as the exit to the left towards Mad If You Don't is not on the map. Never fear if you miss it and end up on The Wash turn left then left again onto Nursery Rd and into Mad If You Don't. If you did find the aforementioned exit then straight across the road into Mad If You Don't. All of Mad takes to to the intersection of Nursery Rd and Eight Mile Gate Rd - hook hard left down the gravel road which runs onto the tarseal road. Look for Ball and Chain - the connector trail on the left - this will keep you off the road. Watch out for logging trucks. It would be the ultimate in bad karma to get run over along here. All done. Ha... wasn't that great. Praise to the Trail Making Gods.

source: Ride Rotorua

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    1
More Stats for Cross Country Heaven mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,115 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,115 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,115 ft
  • Grade max
    -39.755%
  • Grade min
    51.908%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Ball and Chain
      Jan 13, 2019 @ 9:30pm
      Jan 13, 2019
      Weedestered signs and trail dug some drainage out
      Sandy Skid Road
      Jan 1, 2019 @ 9:18am
      Jan 1, 2019
      Remove reachable overhanging tree
      Pondy New
      Dec 29, 2018 @ 4:17pm
      Dec 29, 2018
      Clearing drains, sweeping, blocking shortcut, on first section (uphill) - done 29/12/18
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