Rimutaka Incline Trail: Maymorn to Summit
On a cloudy and chilly day in December last year in Wellington my friend and I rode the Wellington side of the Rimutaka Incline. The day didn’t do the ride any justice but in saying that it was a good ride, the weather didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the day.
We started our ride a bit earlier from the carpark to warm up before we got to the start point. This was my first time on the Rimutaka Incline, I knew it was a rail trail but I had no idea of what the track would be like. The Rimutaka Incline cycle track is an old railway line built in 1896, when they built the track to Kaitoke then though the summit tunnel to Wairarapa.
Unbelievably they built this railway by hand through some quite lush and rugged countryside, you can see this as you climb as the trail passes through small cut gorges. The cycle trail climbs easily all the way to the Summit at 576 meters above sea level and there are no off trail difficulties. The ride down is nice and easy on the gravel and makes the ride worth while.
We turned around at the summit tunnel saving the Wairarapa ride for another day.