Thomas River RunBeginner
Submitted by Corey Woodward
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
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An awesome short loop with well formed trails, delicious native bush, small (easy) river crossings and copious amounts of native birdlife. Start at the DoC sign for the Thomas River trail on Trelissick Loop, head down to the stream and once up onto the terrace head right. Easy to follow trail from there. You will cross over an access road to a Lodge about 900m in, the trail then meanders along above the Thomas River before dropping down to cross the river and briefly send you along a 4WD access track for the Castle Hill Village water scheme.
Take note at the 1.9km mark to look for for a trail to your right as you'll come back to this point and head up there upon your return. The trail gets a bit less travelled from here but eventually brings you out to a massive flying fox (private), from here you get great views up the valley and up to Leith Hill. Now retrace your steps and head up the trail mentioned previously. Eventually the trail will bring you back out to the start of Hogsback track. Follow the gravel road down to Castle Hill Drive and then Trelissick Loop to your start point.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 90%
Easy Single Track: 5%
Gravel Road: 3%
Sealed Road: 2%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Start at the DoC sign for Thomas River trail on Trelissick Loop
Plenty of roadside parking opportunities.
Take note to the return route around the 1.9km mark, it is obvious. Do not attempt to return via a trail marked on some Topo maps from the Flying Fox, it does not exist.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water in the stream/river may be drinkable but advise carrying your own.
Use caution if there has been recent heavy rain, if in doubt about the river crossings don't attempt.
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See other runs nearby:
Dracophyllum / Camp Saddle Loop
Coal Pit Spur Loop
Purple Peak Perpendicular
Cloudsley - Enys Traverse
The Loop of Depression
Camp Saddle to Lyndon Saddle Loop
The Edge loop
Porters to Castle Hill