The Tickler has a fast section at the start, dropping down to the creek. This section was revised in September 2012, to bypass the original entrance section. This was technical and suffered from rain and braking ruts making it harder than the grade 3 designation of the trail.
Shortly after the creek crossing there is a short but tricky pinch climb to a clearing with a few of the remaining Californian Redwoods from the original stand of forest. Take a moment here and keep your eyes and ears open. One of the NZ native falcons released in 2013 has been making itself at home in this area.
The next stage follows the profile and style of the original trail which was lost in the 2011 harvesting activity. It is a gradual climb from the stand of Redwoods no steep sections, just a gradual climb that winds its way up.
Normally handles wet weather well. The occasional hard frost in the middle of winter can make it slippery as the frozen surface softens during the day.
GETTING THERE: Starting from the skid site at the end of Spruce Rd (you get there via Katore Jumps
or another favourite, Paddy's Run (formerly called A Trail).
GETTING OUT: Finishes at the water tap on the intersection of Red Tank Rd, Direct Rd, Pipeline Rd. The Tickler is a good way to get here to head further outback.
Or, you can hang a right and you are 20m away from the start of B Rude Not 2 trail.
Or, if you're shuttling, head to your right down Red Tank Rd, take the first trail on your left - Bunny Juggs which will aim you back down Pipeline Rd. towards the shuttle pickup point.