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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +917/905 ft
Total: 2 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bullock Track, Old Man Range

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#278 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#11115 in the world

The Bullock Track is a very steep farm track that heads straight up to the tops of the Old Man Range above Roxburgh. The strange thing about the range is that the higher you go the flatter it gets - the tops are broad and rounded with schist outcrops scattered round. It's a remarkable landscape.

When you catch your breath you'll take in panoramic views over the town, Lake Roxburgh, the Clutha River and the flat river terraces covered with orchards.

The track is too steep to ride up. You can make a loop of the undertaking by going north along the path beside the highway for 5km then taking Mount Hope Road to the summit. That's a three hour granny gear grind that gains about 800 metres (2600 feet) to the top of the Bullock Track.

The surface of the Bullock Track is mainly grass - it is rarely used by vehicles. It is very steep all the way - try not to cook your brake pads as you come down! You're on a public right of way but there are gates to be left as you find them. This is a ride you do for fitness and altitude serenity rather than the riding pleasure.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
The track starts on the left, 3km out of Roxburgh just before Fairview Orchard as you head for Alexandra on state highway 8. There is a "Bullock Track" sign pointing up a narrow gravel road. Follow it for about 100 metres where there is a small grass parking area.
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  • Jim Cummings
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    Pity the poor bullocks that had to drag supplies up this track to the gold mining settlements in the Old Man Range back in the late 1800s... It's steep. I had one look at it from the bottom and decided to ride up the Mount Hope Road and just ride down it. It's wonderful up on the tops and I was lucky enough to see a flock of sheep being mustered down to lower ground for the winter.

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