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Bell Track

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9.4 mile 15.1 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,013' 918 m
Descent: -506' -154 m
High: 3,033' 924 m
Low: 441' 134 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Not everyone's idea of fun, this is a challenging ascent of Pirongia via the back cone.

Kerry Suter

Features Birding · Cave · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This trail is muddy and 'technical' underfoot all times of the year and with no easy way out it should only be attempted by experienced trail runners or hikers. Some sections of tree fall may be difficult to navigate and off-track is very slow going.

Description

Follow the Nikau Walk on to the Bell Track and past the Kaniwhaniwha Caves. Cross the bridge near the big kahikatea and climb a spur to a series of clearings. The last clearing signposted as the halfway point has a small stream nearby and is a good campsite. The track becomes quite muddy at this point and continues along the ridge to the Cone (second highest point on the mountain) and then to Pahautea Hut. It is short distance to the summit of Pirongia.

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Swing Bridge at the stream confluence
Jul 24, 2016 near Raglan, NZ
The Bell Track skirts these rocks above a deep valley. with permission from johnrag
Jul 26, 2016 near Otorohanga, NZ
The Cone Summit
Jul 24, 2016 near Otorohanga, NZ
Boardwalk through the moss covered pahautea trees. with permission from johnrag
Jul 27, 2016 near Otorohanga, NZ

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