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Manawatu Gorge Track: From Ballance Cafe
July 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
With the Gorge Road currently closed we will travel over the Saddle Rd to Start and finish 1.30pm at the BALLANCE end. The track at this end has a new bridge and a deviation to re-route around a big washout.
The KLEIN LOOP is a decent challenge of 25-30 minutes. Plenty of steps to burn the thighs, but what comes up does eventually…eventually…eventually go down down down. It ends at the Gorge Rd, and on the way back we will detour thru the riverside reserve (since it gives u s another downhill for a short climb up to the Ballance Bridge
…and if you want some more hills then double up with this next route…
HALL BLOCK mountain bike trail can’t avoid the hills sorry! Head up Hall Block Rd for about 1.5km, then look for a mountain bike track sign on the left an it’s single track running all the way to the bottom. Bikes may also share this track but running is bound to be faster. Bring your bike if you’re up for a few tumbles – time yourself riding v running
SHORT LOOP great for the littlies it’s around 10-15 minutes from the Cafe carpark. Detour a minute or two to see some large Totara (signposted). And if you found it too short…do it again!