The Blue Route (full): ±14km follows ALL Blue markers from start to finish. The Route comprises of a good mix of hand built single track, jeep track and farm roads. Varied technicality along a moderate gradient. Natural and built obstacles are encountered throughout the route.
The route makes its way through macadamia nut orchards, banana plantations, patches of forest, open grasslands, dams and stream crossings. Panoramic views of the Umtamvuna River Gorge and the Indian Ocean are observed while enjoying the trails.
Green Bypasses and Shorter Loop Options:
Beaver Creek / Benderloch ±2.5km: Start following the Blue Route markers. Choose the “Beaver Creek” markers at the junctions which are both left turns. A fairly easy walk on wide farm roads with a short section of single track through a flat, rocky area of natural grassland.
Clearwater Farm Loop (Inner Route) ±7km:Follow the Blue Route Markers until you reach Benderloch Dam. Choose the first Green Bypass (which excludes the Crags View Loop), then continue to follow the Blue Markers all the way around until you are close to the Clearwater Dam / 2nd Green Bypass (which excludes the East View Loop). Continue to finish at Beaver Creek.
This route option covers a variety of terrain which is predominantly farm roads on a moderate terrain. A good training workout!
Crags View Loop ±3.5km offers a short climb on gravel road and farm track to an unparalleled view of the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve. The steady descent is on built single track through grassland and forest, back to the junction close to Benderloch Dam.
The East View Loop ±2.5km is a spectacular extension of the Blue Route for seasoned trail users on predominantly winding single trail track over a rocky escarpment. The views of the Umtamvuna Bridge and Indian Ocean in the distance are a true reward for the trail user’s eyes. The grassland flowerings in springtime are an added attraction!