Alpha to Involution
ElevationAscent: 2,307' 703 m
Descent: -2,003' -610 m
High: 2,354' 717 m
Low: 241' 73 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“A hard slog up, but rewarded with a great downhill at the end.”— Alan Eskrick
From the top of Alpha Toru, take the road to the left up to a locked gate. Go around the gate onto the main forestry road, Barnicoat Road, which you go left on and descend into Raine's Saddle. Carry on straight ahead out and climb out of Raines Saddle and continue along Barnicoat Road along the ridge top and up the final steep Barnicoat Firebreak to another gate on the left.
Cross the gate onto a large grassy knoll which is used as a take off area for hang gliders. Cross the grass to the northeast and take Glider Road, the 4WD road down to where it forks hard left and straight ahead. Continue straight ahead more or less on a level grade to a skid site with some bee hives on it where Widdershins trail is signposted on the right. Widdershins climbs on a reasonable grade to the top of Involution.
The start of Involution is marked on the left. As the name suggests, this is a twisty, winding trail that starts out with some rooty sections that gradually get more and more rocky. There are two rideable creek crossings as the trail descends through native bush. After the second creek crossing, the trail descends more steeply with numerous hairpins until it comes out onto a 4WD road.
If you have had enough, you can bail out down the road, but for more fun the trail crosses the road with more switchbacks and two more challenging creek crossings before rejoining the 4WD road. From here, it's only a few hundred meters down to Marsden Valley Road and civilization.