There are four trails. None of them has any great merit and it will take another 150 years for the pillaged native forest here to regenerate.
1. Valley Loop Track. It's an easy 12km loop around gravel roads except for about 150 metres of intermediate singletrack at the apex of the loop.
2. River-Farm Track. It's a 13km partly cross-country style intermediate singletrack and partly road.
3. Challenge Track. It's a 16km loop. Half is a sadly neglected hikers trail masquerading as singletrack; the rest is road, except for a 1.5km section of intermediate singletrack.
4. Experts Downhill. It's a 7km loop from the car park or you can tack it on to the end of the Challenge Track.
There is also a skills building paddock for beginners.
This 13km loop track combines the River Track and the Moumoukai Farm Track.
To find it from the car park, go through the camp ground gate and turn right, cross the bike skills paddock and follow the trail through some bush. You'll come out at a road, turn left and you'll reach the first River Track sign in about a kilometre. Follow those signs till you're back on the gravel. Switch back to the right then and follow the Moumoukai Track signs which will take you round the rest of the loop.
The trail is about two-thirds old style, cross-country singletrack, and the rest is road. It's a pleasant two hour ride without magic.
If you like your trails to be challenging with unrideable steep and greasy uphills, deeply rutted unsteerable downhills, lots of little bog holes, gorse trying to puncture your tyres and vines trying to lift off your helmet, then you'll love this one...
It's a 16km loop; about half on gravel roads. You find it by going round the locked gate at the end of Moumoukai Road. Follow the Road up past the dam for about 6km and you'll see the first Challenge Track sign at an intersection near the top of the hill. From here the track is well signed. Soon you'll be on the singletrack along the top of the ridge in masochist heaven.
On the way back down the road there is another short section of singletrack called the Challenge Downhill. It's an easy 1.5km ride through the forest; not at all challenging.
I did this one as a loop, riding from the car park up Moumoukai Road to the top of the hill. There I took the road on the left, swung the bike over the gate and soon found the trail on the left. It starts with a near vertical push up to the trig, then perhaps 500 metres of ridiculous grass and gorse track before the gate where the real downhill starts.
The warning sign there rates the trail double black diamond extreme. It might be when it's wet but I rode it dry and found it much less threatening. It's nearly all just steep down with a few optional jumps. I didn't spot the berms, off camber corners and other flights of fantasy detailed on the notice board at the car park. You come out on the River Trail. Turn left and you're home in no time.
The loop is about 7km and took me just over an hour excluding stops. I quite enjoyed the ride down but Aucklanders have voted with their tires; it was apparent that this trail is seldom ridden.
Text by jimcummings, summer, 2015.