Grade 4. Length 2.7km. Started in 2004. This trail takes a pounding in the steep sections from rain and riders and needs skill to ride well - planned revamp will be a tidy up and won't shave off too many of the sharp edges.
To see the satellite view of this trail tracks.org.nz
On a wet Good Friday back in 2004 a bunch of local riders were sitting in Zippy Central wondering what to do. Instead of getting on their bikes they headed up Direct Rd and trail blazed almost all the first section of this trail - the circuit around the crown of the hill.
It was Easter - hence the name. Dean Watson, Graeme Murray, Carolyn Scherger, Graeme Simpson, Rick Todd and Annika and Rob Smail were all there on day one. That day they cut the part of the trail that circles the top of the hill, in clear air. Pine trees have grown and the views have gone.
A lot of the hard landscaping work further down the hill was done by Claude Manihera from forest management and Red McHale and the Department of Correction crews.
Starts from the top of Direct Rd and ends at the water tap on Red Tank Rd. Fast and flowing and technical in parts, but not as technical as National DH. Grovel up Direct until it flattens out at the top, and look up the hill to your left. There is a singletrack following the old road bed to the right of the main hill. A fun trail that loops around the hill to deposit you back where you started.
Various forest elves have been involved in the development and maintenance of this trail including Nick Lambert and Rick Twimane..
At the end of HXB You will be ejected into the intersection at the bottom of Direct where you started at about 30km/hr and a metre off the ground and you can freewheel across the clearing into Be Rude Not 2 or a litte way down Red Tank on the left the entrance to Bunny Jugs, then Dragon's Tail...
Normally handles wet weather well if there aren't too many riding it on their brakes.
North facing so recovers quickly after rain.
Most of the same crew moved onto start the Old Chevy build.