Hutt Valley, Wellington, New Zealand
Extremely steep firebreak from Mount Ken down a ridge to Wilkie Cresent in Naenae.
Bike and Foot
The track starts with a short climb up from Mount Ken on an S-bend corner.
Then the fun begins. Overall the firebreak drops 320m in 1.5km, for an average gradient of 21%. The upper sections are the steepest, with two in particular having gradients of around 40% and 45% respectively. Combining the steep slope with a tricky surface - deeply rutted in between smooth dirt covered in fine rock marbles - makes for a very challenging descent.
The middle section is relatively gentle, with an average gradient of around 12-15%. Then the last down hill section has a gradient of around 25%, ending with a great berm that sweeps around a sharp corner to the left (though watch out for the bump on the exit).
Following that berm, there is a flatish section that ends with a pair of steel gates either side of the empty section where the track finishes.
Ends at an empty section between 31 and 37 Wilkie Cresent.
Just after a fire-fighting pond there is another fire break that drops off towards the north (right-hand side when heading down). It appears to be a dead-end, stopping behind the houses on Waddington Drive.
1 Jan 2010 by Ian
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