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Lower Cambourne (1.38km)
St Ives and BelroseLast Update: 24/3/2013
Some trail names are made up, if there is a different name please let us know.
Difficulty - Easy - Intermediate
Slope - Flat - Moderate - Undulating - Steep
Space - Open
Surface - Dirt - Eternal Puddles - Loose rocks on dirt - Loose rocks on rock - Rock - Rutted - Sand
Trail type - Firetrail
On this video I am running in reverse which means I'm climbing most of the way.
From the Bare Creek Track a short descent and five waterbars lead to a deep creek crossing. While it seemed crossable, even at speed, the water looked to be at least a foot deep, maybe more. There are however places to cross at either end of the pool.
The creek is a great place to take a break with some really picturesque rock pools, waterfalls and narrow gullies. See some of the photos below.
After the creek crossing the trail starts to climb steeply. While certainly rideable a slip on a loose rock was enough to halt my climb - listen for the moral support from the bushwalkers on the trail :)
After the initial steep sections the trail continues to climb but at a reduced rate before flattening out for a short period. It's an opportunity to catch your breath before a series of short and moderate climbs lead up to the Cascades Trail.
Overall the trail condition is pretty good, however between Bare Creek Track the top of the steep climbs on the other side of the creek there are some rutted sections and the trail has a reasonable amount of loose rocks.
If riding the other way take caution on the descents leading to the creek, it is steep, loose and the corners are tight! You wont get much warning should someone else be on the trail.
It's definitely worth including Lower Cambourne on your ride through the St Ives and Belrose area.