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Cycle Roots Mountain Trail

CLOSEST TOWNHogsback

TRAIL DESTINATION > Foot of Hog 1

DISTANCE > 18 - 50 km

GRADING > Beginner - Advanced

Hogsback

OVERVIEW

Our aim is to open the MTB Trail Park end of February 2013. There will be 12 singletracks snaking through the Hogsback Mountains leading into thick Forest sections. More trails will be added in the future. [div2 class="highlight1"]

On your bike

Most of the singletracks are at the foot of Hog 1, passing many streams and lovely forest sections. The highest one on the mountain passes two rather large waterfalls. All the trails interlink which makes for a great XC course.

There are guided tours of about 3-4 hours. Visitors are shown eight waterfalls on a 18km circular loop which also takes them along the Puffadder Run, passing by two bridges built over the waterways. It is a truly scenic ride. There is a view deck next to Robinson Falls with an exceptional view into the valley below. One can also see the Tuyme River snaking through the Valley which used to be the old South Africa/Ciskei border from this viewpoint.

Riders are welcome to explore on their own and the singletracks are clearly marked with yellow Cycle Roots Logo branded arrows. The map is easy to read and has detailed descriptions of all the trail routes. Neels can be contacted on 073 567 9487 should anyone get lost.

Grading: Beginner: Lots  of  dirt roads and jeep tracks available with some added smooth singletrack. Scenic ride towards Waterfalls with lots  of  viewpoints for break time.+-18km's

Intermediate: Good combination of flat and hilly sections leading up to a number of singletracks winding through the Forests which are both adventurous and challenging to the every day rider.

Advanced: Massive climbs at altitude and numerous interlinking singletracks ranging from smooth and fast to steep and technical. Passing secret Waterfalls and hidden Hogsback gems. 55+km's.[/div2]

Off the bike

Bikes can be hired and a few spares such as gear cables, housing, chain links, tubes, bombs and a few other odds and ends are available.

After rippin' the tracks apart one is welcome to enjoy an ice cold frosty at the legendary Wizzards Sleeve Inn at Away with the Faries Backpackers. An epic way to top of your most scenic ride ever.

CONTACT:

Route Information: Neels du Toit

Tel: 073 567 9487

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GPS: 32°35′52.1″S 026°56′17.9″E (Hogsback Information Centre)

Weather:{weather Hogsback, South Africa}

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Beginner - Advanced

DURATION:

2 - 5 Hours

CONFIGURATION :

Dirt Roads, Jeep tracks, Mountain contours and singletracks.

START POINT:

Hogsback Information Centre

MARKING:

Marking: Yellow Cycle Roots branded arrows on white board.

TERRAIN:

Forest trails and Mountain contours.

MAP:

Maps are available from Hogsback Information Centre or from Neels du Toit at Cycle Roots on Sundays.

CELL RECEPTION:

Intermittent.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

R30 and permits and maps are available from the hogsback Information Centre on the main road.

On Sundays permits and maps can be obtained from Neels at Cycle Roots,200m from the Information Centre.

FACILITIES:

Toilets at information centre.

BEWARE OF:

Early morning frost and Bushbuck on the trails. Lots of free roaming cows.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

From East London side: Take the N2 to King Williams Town. From KWT take the R63 towards Alice. 4km befor Alice take the R345 to Hogsback. Information centre is on the left hand side of the Main road as one gets into Hogsback.

From Port Elizabeth side: After Grahamstown turn left onto R67 to Fort Beufort. Take R63 to Alice. 4km's past Alice take the Hogsback turnoff to your left.

BEST TIME OF YEAR

November to March.