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I'm thinking of a loop

MR - Upper Pierce (or Lower Pierce) - Woodcutter - Zhenghua Park - Belukar Track - Rifle Range Rd - MR

but if lots of time lost in finding the entrance to and at Woodcutter itself, or legs give up, might stop at Zhenghua Park or Bt Timah Visitor Centre.

I saw these alternative routes:

http://www.runningmaps.eu/spip.php?article65 (from Lower Pierce)

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=75311 (from Upper Pierce)

but if we're going to run together, I'll join the route you guys decide!

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I'm thinking of a loop

MR - Upper Pierce (or Lower Pierce) - Woodcutter - Zhenghua Park - Belukar Track - Rifle Range Rd - MR

but if lots of time lost in finding the entrance to and at Woodcutter itself, or legs give up, might stop at Zhenghua Park or Bt Timah Visitor Centre.

I saw these alternative routes:

http://www.runningmaps.eu/spip.php?article65 (from Lower Pierce)

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=75311 (from Upper Pierce)

but if we're going to run together, I'll join the route you guys decide!

i'm thinking more of the 2nd route, upper pierce to park the car...but the gate closes at 7pm i think. and if doing a loop, it would be best if we can cut north of treetop walk across SICC...but according to runnersofsteel, the SICC is out of bounds..hence a route via old upper thompson road would be longer and less scenic. any idea what is it rough distance for this loop?

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It seems like the only route connecting the eastern side of the trail is by using Old Upper Thomson Rd. The edge of the golf course is still out of bounds..

seems like the expats have tried cutting across SICC to upper pierce...hmmm dunno if its still accessible..

http://www.expatsingapore.com/forum/index.php?topic=18332.0

"OK I'll try and describe the route to you from MR.

Start at toilets and head out counter-clockwise along what is called The Northern Route (basically follow signs for treetop trail).

At end of Nthern Route (4.5km) you hit the road which is actually part of SICC (You should be facing the club-house/sports complex).Take a left down the hill and go STRAIGHT UP THE HILL.This takes you up to Upper Pierce.Run along the dyke edge skirting the golf course and you'll be running between Upper and Lower Pierce.This will be about 7km from start.Go straight on past the toilets/car park (on your right) and about another 1km along.The road rises slightly and then as you descend the hill look to your left for the sign I mentioned in a previous post.This is the start of the Woodcutter Trail.Its a bit tricky but with a bit of perseverance you'll find it.Once you are on the trail its easy to follow although there are a couple of points where it branches off.I am sorry but you'll just need to trust your instinct on this.If you get lost you'll end up at the Zoo.If you get it right you'll eventually come out at the BKE roughly at Chestnut Drive.Go under the BKE and if you go left you can then follow the trail to Rifle Range Rd.I think you know where you are at this point.

The Woodcutter Trail is not a circuit and is about 5km long.So from MR to the end of the trail is about 15km approx (but don't hang me on this).You can do a full loop back to MR if you so desire.

Good luck.Its not the easiest trail to find."

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I'm thinking of a loop

MR - Upper Pierce (or Lower Pierce) - Woodcutter - Zhenghua Park - Belukar Track - Rifle Range Rd - MR

but if lots of time lost in finding the entrance to and at Woodcutter itself, or legs give up, might stop at Zhenghua Park or Bt Timah Visitor Centre.

According to tigger record, this is 26.5-27km

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It seems like the only route connecting the eastern side of the trail is by using Old Upper Thomson Rd. The edge of the golf course is still out of bounds..

seems like the expats have tried cutting across SICC to upper pierce...hmmm dunno if its still accessible..

http://www.expatsingapore.com/forum/index.php?topic=18332.0

"OK I'll try and describe the route to you from MR.

Start at toilets and head out counter-clockwise along what is called The Northern Route (basically follow signs for treetop trail).

At end of Nthern Route (4.5km) you hit the road which is actually part of SICC (You should be facing the club-house/sports complex).Take a left down the hill and go STRAIGHT UP THE HILL.This takes you up to Upper Pierce.Run along the dyke edge skirting the golf course and you'll be running between Upper and Lower Pierce.This will be about 7km from start.Go straight on past the toilets/car park (on your right) and about another 1km along.The road rises slightly and then as you descend the hill look to your left for the sign I mentioned in a previous post.This is the start of the Woodcutter Trail.Its a bit tricky but with a bit of perseverance you'll find it.Once you are on the trail its easy to follow although there are a couple of points where it branches off.I am sorry but you'll just need to trust your instinct on this.If you get lost you'll end up at the Zoo.If you get it right you'll eventually come out at the BKE roughly at Chestnut Drive.Go under the BKE and if you go left you can then follow the trail to Rifle Range Rd.I think you know where you are at this point.

The Woodcutter Trail is not a circuit and is about 5km long.So from MR to the end of the trail is about 15km approx (but don't hang me on this).You can do a full loop back to MR if you so desire.

Good luck.Its not the easiest trail to find."

I believe the route along SICC wasn't closed to runners then (2005). I find it a pity that that area is now off limits. Correct me if I am wrong though--maybe some people still use that route, as all it takes is to go around the gate.

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I'm thinking of a loop

MR - Upper Pierce (or Lower Pierce) - Woodcutter - Zhenghua Park - Belukar Track - Rifle Range Rd - MR

but if lots of time lost in finding the entrance to and at Woodcutter itself, or legs give up, might stop at Zhenghua Park or Bt Timah Visitor Centre.

According to tigger record, this is 26.5-27km

but this one is to Lower Peirce via OUTR (so some roads), Upper Peirce probably abit longer.

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think i would prefer to do from upper pierce to bukit timah visitor centre and back same way,at least can gen myself with the woodcutter's environment and furthermore the loop looks quite long if we are unable to cut thru SICC to upper pierce and have to go one big round via venus drive and upper thompson road.

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The woodcutter trail should be alright. I recall the terrain is relatively good. Goood for running. Not complicating. But most of the memories could have been wrong since it has been 2-3 years since I last went there. Entry through the Chestnut Drive.

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ok, can i clarify something? lower pierce carpark is the one behind shell and esso along upper thompson road. upper pierce carpark is the one near the entrance of woodcutter trail and has to enter a gate that close at 7pm rite? so lower pierce carpark still have to run pass casurina prata then along old devil's bend,thru the gate to upper pierce.

and from what i understand, inside woodcutter, there is a route to branch up north to exit via seletar reservoir (where the lover's roundabout and toilet is located) and if u carry on westwards, there may be 2 exits ( one near chestnut waterworks, the other near to gangsa track and track 15). does all this sums it up?? tks for clarifying.

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guys, it would be good to bring along a compass, if u enter via upper peirce, then just run westward, when u hit junction, just follow the path going westward. the only exception is near the helicoptor landing area (its nearer to bt panjang side), if u get lost in that area, u may end up in the butterfly trail which will end up at the embankment overlooking the water 'factory'. another thing to watch out for is branches with spikes, u can get nasty cuts and torn clothings. from the recent weather, i suspect there will be a number of fallen trees blocking the path which may make the path less clear. also the ground would be muddy and the streams will be quite full (so get use to soaking wet shoes and socks). good luck and take it real slow.

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ok, can i clarify something? lower pierce carpark is the one behind shell and esso along upper thompson road. upper pierce carpark is the one near the entrance of woodcutter trail and has to enter a gate that close at 7pm rite? so lower pierce carpark still have to run pass casurina prata then along old devil's bend,thru the gate to upper pierce.

Yeap you're right.

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guys, it would be good to bring along a compass, if u enter via upper peirce, then just run westward, when u hit junction, just follow the path going westward. the only exception is near the helicoptor landing area (its nearer to bt panjang side), if u get lost in that area, u may end up in the butterfly trail which will end up at the embankment overlooking the water 'factory'. another thing to watch out for is branches with spikes, u can get nasty cuts and torn clothings. from the recent weather, i suspect there will be a number of fallen trees blocking the path which may make the path less clear. also the ground would be muddy and the streams will be quite full (so get use to soaking wet shoes and socks). good luck and take it real slow.

running in mud is half the fun! it won't be call a trail run if there are no mud stains on ur ankles and shoes :thumbsup:

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run is postponed.

raining nonstop today, trails might not be favorable tmr, esp with two of my friends are VFF runners.

maybe next time.

yup, i have postponed it too...going out now to do the mac route..a window of opportunity before the rain comes in according to the weather radar!! have a enjoyable sunday!

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run is postponed.

raining nonstop today, trails might not be favorable tmr, esp with two of my friends are VFF runners.

maybe next time.

yup, i have postponed it too...going out now to do the mac route..a window of opportunity before the rain comes in according to the weather radar!! have a enjoyable sunday!

Look like it will be a wetty weeks again.....rain rain go away, come again another day, little children wants to play.......

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run is postponed.

raining nonstop today, trails might not be favorable tmr, esp with two of my friends are VFF runners.

maybe next time.

yup, i have postponed it too...going out now to do the mac route..a window of opportunity before the rain comes in according to the weather radar!! have a enjoyable sunday!

hardcore leh! Dont chiong too hard, later need to aiya aiya... workplace already so infected. tsk..

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run is postponed.

raining nonstop today, trails might not be favorable tmr, esp with two of my friends are VFF runners.

maybe next time.

yup, i have postponed it too...going out now to do the mac route..a window of opportunity before the rain comes in according to the weather radar!! have a enjoyable sunday!

hardcore leh! Dont chiong too hard, later need to aiya aiya... workplace already so infected. tsk..

too late...run finish liao...my hamstring injury seems to act up again...think i will leave the trails for 2wks and do flat runs at ECP..not in good shape

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just did woodcutters today, was a fairly good orientation run for me...nearly out of breath for a few uphills within the woodcutters.. just a point to note,the route northwards after the MR ranger station is out of bounds actually...and there is fencing covering the access to the breakwaters along upper pierce carpark..so u may have to circumnavigate via venus and upper thompson road,thru casurina back to the carpark...and yes it closes at 730pm.

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run is postponed.

raining nonstop today, trails might not be favorable tmr, esp with two of my friends are VFF runners.

maybe next time.

yup, i have postponed it too...going out now to do the mac route..a window of opportunity before the rain comes in according to the weather radar!! have a enjoyable sunday!

hardcore leh! Dont chiong too hard, later need to aiya aiya... workplace already so infected. tsk..

too late...run finish liao...my hamstring injury seems to act up again...think i will leave the trails for 2wks and do flat runs at ECP..not in good shape

give me a buzz if you're going in the morning!

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Why don't we have a gathering of the "DareDevil Trail Runners". Kops & Team, PwLee, Dominic...

Shall we?

Organise one and bring these young and new trail seekers into the place.

Durain loop cannot come any closer to Woodcutter Trail.

Cheers !

Kayano

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Why don't we have a gathering of the "DareDevil Trail Runners". Kops & Team, PwLee, Dominic...

Shall we?

Organise one and bring these young and new trail seekers into the place.

Durain loop cannot come any closer to Woodcutter Trail.

Cheers !

Kayano

That would be cool!

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hi fellow trail lovers, i recee run a route today. something i'm planning which i will name the route as the '4 reservoirs figure of 8' (northface100 is free to use this route if they want to). today i did only the '3 reservoirs loop' namely upper and lower pierce and macritchie. this is the lower circle of the figure of 8, total distance around 29plus km, 70% trails, 30% roads...

http://runkeeper.com/user/Sky61/activity/30297441

the idea is to use woodcutter's trail as the pivoting point for the figure of 8 running around the 4 reservoirs in the central catchment area. the top half will consist of gangsa to track17 across mandai, then to seletar southbound. since the bottom loop is around 29km, i figure adding the top will get us at least 50km?? best part of this route is that u only do the woodcutter's twice,the rest u do only once! no same scenery, no backtracking !!!! :thumbsup:

as u can see for the bottom loop, i added durian loop n bukit timah to the plan route as it can serve as a stopover point to stretch n top-up on hydration. the machritchie side is the 2nd pitstop. if including the upper loop, potential pitstops can be the zoo and shell or 7eleven stops when u head down from mandai. so to make it a figure of 8, u will have to do the woodcutter's twice....woohoo!!!!

hows that for training run for UTMF?? Wilson, when u doing the top loop with me???? :punk: :punk:

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hi fellow trail lovers, i recee run a route today. something i'm planning which i will name the route as the '4 reservoirs figure of 8' (northface100 is free to use this route if they want to). today i did only the '3 reservoirs loop' namely upper and lower pierce and macritchie. this is the lower circle of the figure of 8, total distance around 29plus km, 70% trails, 30% roads...

http://runkeeper.com/user/Sky61/activity/30297441

the idea is to use woodcutter's trail as the pivoting point for the figure of 8 running around the 4 reservoirs in the central catchment area. the top half will consist of gangsa to track17 across mandai, then to seletar southbound. since the bottom loop is around 29km, i figure adding the top will get us at least 50km?? best part of this route is that u only do the woodcutter's twice,the rest u do only once! no same scenery, no backtracking !!!! :thumbsup:

as u can see for the bottom loop, i added durian loop n bukit timah to the plan route as it can serve as a stopover point to stretch n top-up on hydration. the machritchie side is the 2nd pitstop. if including the upper loop, potential pitstops can be the zoo and shell or 7eleven stops when u head down from mandai. so to make it a figure of 8, u will have to do the woodcutter's twice....woohoo!!!!

hows that for training run for UTMF?? Wilson, when u doing the top loop with me???? :punk: :punk:

I have been exploring the area to find the Woodcutter trail but no luck so far. I really would be interested to join you if you are heading this way sometime in the coming weekends. Let me know if you want some company.

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