Jeep tracks and rugged gravel roads that can get misty and muddy in summer. Suitable for children. Riding is good all year round, but winters get cold; so be sure to have warm kit if you choose to come over the chilly months.
Duration -2hours, Intermediate
Configuration: Return route as well as various other options
Trailhead: Trout Lodge
General Information: Jeep tracks and rugged gravel roads that can get misty and muddy in summer. Suitable for children. Riding is good all year round, but winters get cold; so be sure to have warm kit if you choose to come over the chilly months.
This part of the Eastern Cape is famous for its riding, and many informal trails along the grassland slopes here deserve a thumbs-up.
Want gravel? Pedal onto the 4×4 route linking the farm house and various lodges to the quirky town of Hogsback. From the farm house, head toward Cathcart before turning right after first crossing the dam wall (two kilometres). Here, there’s a bit of a climb via two gates before dropping down to the Klipplaat River and Rockford Lodge. The road now follows the river before turning right to climb past Coolin Trout Lodge to Hogsback.
If you’re single-track minded, follow the many stock and game footpaths linking reservoirs and watering holes along the grassy ridges for some awesome riding possibilities. From Trout Lodge, head down the valley via farm roads until you reach the river. Here the going is rough, with a portage along the first ridge before riding/pushing along sheep and stock tracks towards the first watering tank.
An awesome ride waits along a sheep-cum-game track through Blesbok Camp. Cross the fence onto a jeep track traversing the ridge line to the left, passing a couple of reservoirs along the way. As you loop down towards the house, pass through a gate onto a single-track section past the power line then rocket through the horse paddocks back to the farm.
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