TRAILS

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Due to our routes changing on a regular basis, we ask that users stick to the route markers on the day. PLEASE DO NOT ride on memory, as landowners change and so do routes. For this reason we don't have gpx files to download and we ask that you do not follow old event routes in this way. The popular website TRAILFORKS is also an incomplete and inaccurate reflection of our network.
CLOCKWISE riding only! Please do not ride in "reverse."
For Example - The W2W come down the Onrus River Gorge every year, though that is opposite to our usual route direction. Riders coming down here are likely to put the lives of those following the correct route, as well as their own, at serious risk.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FIRST KILOMETER OF TRAIL IS BOTH DIRECTIONS UNTIL THE FIRST SPLIT AS YOU ENTER THE FOREST

BIKE RENTAL – GoBike Hermanus,  +2782 879 1735

Green Route:

Perfect for beginners and families, the Green Route is the shortest option for a ride in our valley. A mixture of jeep and single track, even the Green Route will test your skills a little, which is why it is a frim favourite for MTB skills training by our local coaches.  At the center of the Green Route is also a short circular track - "4 Kids" - which is a popular destination for youngsters. Here parents can sit and watch their children doing laps and having a great deal of healthy fun, while they enjoy the forest sounds and fresh air.

DISTANCE: 7km

ELEVATION GAIN: 90m

EST. DURATION: 30-60 min

HIGHLIGHTS: Two Rope Bridges; "Snakes and Ladders" flow trail; "4 Kids Sake" Track; "Feetjie Bos" Trail

Blue Route:

The Blue Route is a lovely MTB trail, ideal for families with a little trail experience, or those just starting out with the sport. With only short, not too hectic, climbs, this trail also has the option for a stop at Die Plaaskombuis, where you can enjoy a little refreshment, around the halfway point.  This trail is also the ideal challenge for the youngsters, though mountain bikes with a wheel size of 24” or larger is recommended. 

The Blue Route is very popular with families and beginner groups, as well as youngsters training and working on their fitness. It includes sections used most years for big events like the Wines 2 Whales and will not disappoint.

DISTANCE: 11.5km

ELEVATION GAIN: 130m

EST. DURATION: 60 - 90 min

HIGHLIGHTS: Two Rope Bridges; Die Plaaskombuis for refreshments; "River Radness" Trail; "Snakes and Ladders"; "4 Kids Sake"; "Feetjie Bos"

Red Route

The Red Route is a decent challenge for those “weekend warriors” and serious riders alike. The route will take you up the Onrus River Gorge and bring you to De Bos dam wall – amazing spot for a photo! Follow the trail around the back of La Vierge, onto Karwyderskraal Road. Here you will be required to cross the R320 at the Stop, from where you will drop down to Bouchard Finlayson, and then further down towards Vrede and Die Plaaskombuis. Shortly after Die Plaaskombuis you will again cross the road into Mountain Rose Drive, which will take you around Hamilton Russel up the challenging "Witklippies" until you reach Rotary Way and enjoy the amazing view of our town. You will drop back down into the valley on Southern Right Farm, where you’ll cross the road and enter the forest again for an unforgettable trip back towards the start/end of the trails.

DISTANCE: 25km

ELEVATION GAIN: 780m

EST. DURATION: 90-120 min

HIGHLIGHTS: Onrus River Gorge Waterfalls; Bouchard Finlayson; Vrede; Die Plaaskombuis: "Witklippies"; Rotary Way; "The Bypass"; "River Radness"

Black Route

Our Black Route is both a technical and endurance challenge, with spectacular views of the Hemel & Aarde Valley and its farms. This trail will take you across to the De Bos Dam via the Onrus River Gorge, where you will ride across the dam wall and turn right at to go around the dam. Using a mixture of single track, farm and service roads you will find your way to the “turning point” at Domain Des Deux, where you will be required to ride a section along the road, before turning back at Babylon farm. After the Spookfontein Drop and Spookfontein Winery, you will once again be on the road, until the trail signage will again take you into the mountains at Moya's Cottage and Newton Johnson. From here you will enjoy a fast downhill section after lots of climbing, joining the red route for another amazing few km’s back.

DISTANCE: 62 km

ELEVATION GAIN: 1780m

EST. DURATION: 150+ min

HIGHLIGHTS: "Barrel Loop"; "The Gorge"; De Bos Dam; "Heuwels Fantasties"; Babylon's Toren Trail; Spookfontein Drop and Winery; Newton Johnson Vineyards; "Bucky the MTB Slayer"; Bouchard Finlayson; "Witklippies"; Rotary Way; "The Bypass"; "River Radness"

 

Trail Rules and the T's & C's

• Use the trail at own and absolute risk

• Only permit holders are allowed on the trails

• Do not cycle, walk or run alone

• Abide to Portage, Horse and Dangerous notifications

• No litter/ no smoking/ no fires/ no shouting is allowed

• Stay on the marked route

• No quads, motorbikes and/or vehicles (excluding those of landowners and their staff) are allowed on the route and will be confiscated

• E-Bikes are allowed – no electric motorcycles or vehicles are allowed

• Obey the instructions of cycling marshals and land owners on the trails

• Report any transgressions immediately to Kobus – 071 862 1440

• The trails are clock wise, no ‘against traffic’ is allowed (the first +- 1 km is two way traffic)

• NO CYCLING allowed in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve from Rotary Way, or down towards town from Rotary Way – PLEASE OBEY THE “NO CYLCING BEYOND THIS POINT” SIGNAGE

 

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

EMR Ambulance services – 076 585 0899

Schalk – 082 591 3351

Kobus – 071 862 1440

 

INDEMNITY/LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

 

By buying a permit the participant acknowledge that they fully understand and accept that such activity (mountain biking/trail running/hiking/cycling) shall be undertaken at the participants absolute own risk and undertake on behalf of themselves and the applicant to indemnify, hold harmless and absolve DUSTY FEET, Kobus Stofberg, Hermanus Adventures and it owners and staff, The Hemel and Aarde Trails, the owners of the land on which trails pass and all their associated companies and organizations and their employees and representatives acting in such capacity, against and from any claims whatsoever which may arise in connection with any loss and/or damage to the person and/or property of the applicant and the course of such activities.