Rimutaka Forest Park
Catchpool Loop Entrance
Long, Medium, and Short
Medium and Short Courses open to Walker
Runners will be in for a bit of an adventure and be prepared to get down and dirty, the quickest of you will be through in about one hour forty and the longest will be a leisurely three hours plus. To get through quickly you will need to be good on the technical trail bits.
About 20km – 1.45 hours to 3 hours. Great Views on the Ridgeline, great bush in the valleys. Bit of a warm up then into a big climb, then all down hill from there. Climb is on 4WD Tracks, almost everything else in the bush. Could be cold on the ridgelines, come prepared. Probably quite a fast run if your fit, keep your sense of humour and enjoy it if your not. Start in the Catchpool Loop carpark and head into the Orongorongo Track. Take a left onto the Five Mile Loop Track and follow onto the Nature Trail. Pop out of the Nature Trail onto the road and turn right and follow road to the Park Gates. Exit the gate and turn left, cross the bridge (keep off the road) and turn left again onto the 4WD Track. Stay on the 4WD track for the climb and follow markers to connect with Butchers Track and Cattle Ridge. Follow Cattle Ridge all the way down until it hits The Orongorongo Track. Take a left and head back to the carpark. The descent on the last km of Cattle Ridge is a little technical so take care at this point.
Well formed route for the first third and last third with some technical trail in the middle. All the climbing out of the way in the first twenty minutes and then another hour to hour and a half will see you home. Magic views up on the tops.
About 12km – 1.10 hours to 1.40 – Some technical running and some easy running with one significant climb at the start of your run. Great Views on the Ridgeline, great bush in the valley. Start in the Catchpool Loop carpark and head into the Orongorongo Track. Take a right onto Butchers Track and climb up to the ridgeline. Turn left onto Cattle Ridge track and follow all the way down until it hits The Orongorongo Track. Take a left and head back to the carpark. The descent on the last km of Cattle Ridge is a little technical so take care at this point.
Mostly flat with one short climb in the middle. Beautiful native bush. Runners will be home in about forty to fifty minutes.
About 7km – 35 to 50 minutes – Mostly flat easy running with one climb up to 5 Mile Loop, and a few lumps around the Nature Trail. Start at the Catchpool Loop carpark and run into the Orongorongo Track. A couple of km in take a left onto Five Mile Loop and follow around until in connects with the Nature Trail. Follow Nature trail through the bush until it pops out onto the road. Turn left and follow the road for about 100m then take a left and cross the stream. Back through the campground to the finish.