Rimutaka Pylon Track

Postby rilancaster on Mon 3/May/10 8:41pm

Hey Vorb!

Camp Kaitoke (the YMCA holiday camp) has introduced MTB training sessions for the youngsters that attend the camps.

As part of that initiative they have reopened an old bridal path up to the Rimutaka Pylon track. It enables access to the Pylon track from the Upper Hutt side of the Rimutaka's. (The Rimutaka Pylon track is described in the Sixth edition the Kennet Bros' Book)

The track and carpark at the Camp will be open to the mountain biking public - in return for a donation. (The size of the donation is up to you) The RED donation box is underneath the D.O.C sign in the car park.

A Community Max team has ripped out a lot of gorse and rebenched some of the old bridal track.

Work is still being undertaken on the track during the weekdays - but the track is in a ridable condition and no one will be working on the track during the weekends.

The bridal path is an uphill climb to the Pylon track and involves a couple of river crossings - in some sections track will be greasy when wet, and down right muddy in a others - so choose your day carefully.

The view from the top of the Pylon track is pretty spectacular - The Plyon track itself is a bulldozed, gravelled four wheel drive track to the top of the Rimutakas. Once you embark on the Pylon Track climb it's a solid climb - there will be no rest for the weak or the wicked...

http://www.ymcagreaterwellington.org.nz ... ntact.html

p.s The Camp won't be taking kids up these tracks for any training runs - it's a little to extreme for beginners... Work is currently underway on an easier track network through some of the native forest at the Camp. This network is not open to the public.

p.s The Camp currently has a donation scheme running that allows trampers to leave their cars in the carpark while tramping in the area - This scheme is an extension of that idea. Trampers leave their cars in the Camp car park to avoid vandals in the area..

Cheers,
Rob.
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Re: Rimutaka Pylon Track

Postby disoriented on Mon 3/May/10 9:09pm

Great News :thumbsup:. was looking at the pylon track a couple of weeks back from Marchent and thinking what a nasty climb it would be.

rilancaster wrote:p.s The Camp currently has a donation scheme running that allows trampers to leave their cars in the carpark while tramping in the area - This scheme is an extension of that idea. Trampers leave their cars in the Camp car park to avoid vandals in the area..


Out of curiousity is home baking an acceptable donation?
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Re: Rimutaka Pylon Track

Postby asher on Wed 29/May/13 9:16am

Anyone know the current status of the Rimutaka pylon track?
Can it be ridden from Featherston to Kaitoke?
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Re: Rimutaka Pylon Track

Postby RugbySucks on Wed 29/May/13 9:39am

I thought that the Pylon track was for walkers, at the top of the Rimutaka Hill Road.

Last time I rode up the Pylon track from Lower Hutt, we rode up through the camp, on to the 4 wheel drive track, then descended to Featherston, then rode out to Cross Creek, then through the Rimutaka incline track, to Kaitoke.

Nice little 101km round trip over 7 hours. Best on a day with reasonable weather.
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Re: Rimutaka Pylon Track

Postby Conners on Wed 29/May/13 10:12am

asher wrote:Anyone know the current status of the Rimutaka pylon track?

At a guess I'd say it's covered in snow.
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Re: Rimutaka Pylon Track

Postby RugbySucks on Wed 29/May/13 10:35am

Looking out my window, that's correct. Not solid white though.

From what I can see of Mt Climie, all the way out to the South Coast at present.

Tararua's too.

Weather has lifted a bit.
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