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Sidewinder & Direct Rd (to Hot X Buns)   (1000m)

Rotorua RedwoodsLast Update: 30/12/2014
Some trail names are made up, if there is a different name please let us know.

Video Uploaded: 16/11/2014

Difficulty - Easy - Intermediate
Slope - Moderate - Steep
Space - Open
Surface - Dirt - Eternal Puddles - Gravel - Heavy leaf and branch litter - Loose rocks on dirt - Roots - Rutted
Trail type - Firetrail - Graded Dirt Road - Single track


So the  first thing to know about Sidewinder is that this trail was a downhill trail and on most maps it is shown this way  however with the opening of Eagle vs Shark it was reversed to create access up to Hot X Buns.  The problem  however is that itís far too steep, wet and boggy for most punters to  ride.  As you can see from the video I  essentially walked the whole trail.

From the  top of Sidewinder it is a relatively  easy climb up Direct Rd to Hot X Buns, which is in contrast to  what Iím told is a TORTUROUS climb up the other side of Direct Rd from the base of Hot X Buns.  

So I guess  the moral of this story is it doesnít matter how you are planning to get to Hot X Buns itís going to be painful.

In my  opinion Sidewinder is the worst way  back from Eagle vs Shark.  Redtank Rd / Pipeline Rd brings you back around to the base of Hot X Buns with a stunning ride,  alternatively walk/ride up Hill Rd and turn onto Direct Rd which will  take you past the top of Sidewinder.

Iíd  discourage anyone from taking this route.

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