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Morgans Baa Baa Loop, Canterbury

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Morgans Baa Baa LoopBeginner

Submitted by Callum Templeton

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5.20km

245m

245m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner

1:20 (Slow)
0:55 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)

-9.2%

+9.2%

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Description

The start and finish point is across the road from Number 12 Morgans Valley, you will see a shingle path that cuts between 5 boulders, from here go straight up Morgans Road to the top, you will see a R.O.W on your right and a should way in some steps have been cut into the retaining wall. There will be a sign which says Tree Hut Track about 30mtrs in you will have a choice of straight ahead or taking the track to the right, take the track that veers right and follow it up through the trees and climb over the stile.

Then turn left and follow the trail that leads to a farm gate after you have come past some rocks near the top of the Beer Bum track. Once you have gone through the farm gate continue to follow this trail, you will eventually come to an intersection that will give you the option of going down, ignore this and continue on until you come down to the end of the Morgans track.

Here turn left and follow the farm track down past the circular water trough and then follow the track up to a Fence post with the Baa Baa track sign it, this track heads up from where the Beer Bum track starts it quite a well worn track. Once you get to the top of the Baa Baa Track where it intercepts the Morgans track then turn right and follow the trail back to the top of the Beer Bum track, you will see a wooden stake on the fence indicating the cross point and there are signs on the tree's. Zoom down the Beer Bum and make sure you stop to enjoy the views and the native planting.

Cross the stile at the end of the track and the head down the hill to the next stile, cross this and then head down the track between the fence and the swale. Take care crossing the R.O.W at the end of the track as you cross you will see a single path that will take you down across a small bridge and lead you back to the start.

Note: Over winter the Morgans and Baa Baa track can get extremely muddy with the water coming down the hill, over summer this dries out and gets super hard. These tracks are maintained by local runners and mountain bikers. The land is also leased for farming sheep - these are mainly seen on the part of Morgans track from the farm gate to the Baa Baa track.


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Features of interest

At the top of Morgans valley road you will head up the Tree Hut track, this track cuts through a planting gully which is being planted as a Tui corridor. When you come around to the Farm gate on the Morgans track you will have fantastic views of the mountains. On your descent down the Beer Bum track you will run through native bush. Also lots of side tracks off the Beer Bum track to explore.


Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 10%


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Overlapping Runs

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

Gang of Four

Gang of Four

Length: 15.70km

Beer Bum Bluffs

Beer Bum Bluffs

Length: 9.50km


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  • Access

    Up Morgans Valley across the road from Number 12 you will see a path that cuts through 5 boulders with silver birch treess in between - this is the start and end point.

    No 9 is an empty section with plenty of parking or you can park out on Bridle Path road and walk up to the start point.

    10 km

    15 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    If you get to the top of the Tree Hut track and went right instead of Left you will just end up on the Bridle Path. If you kept going up the Baa Baa track you will end up in Mt Pleasant. Most of the other track will lead you back to Morgans valley.

    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, First aid kit, Cellphone, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    No water available anyway on the track

    Parts of the Morgan, Baa Baa and Beer Bum are exposed and on Windy days can be cold. The Morgans track can get muddy in winter due to water coming down the hills and the Baa Baa track also can experience lots of mud in places but only after days of extreme rain.

    The mud on wet winters day, rock dodging on parts of Morgans track especially up near the Beer Bum track turn off.

  • Post run indulgence

    Valley Inn Tavern
    cnr Marsden and Flavell Sts
    Its on the corner of my street. Great place for a Fanta on a cold day and the food is great as well.

    Upshot COFFEE
    131 bridle path road
    Best Coffee in Chch - Dog Friendly - Be aware not open on Sunday

    CRAFT ROOM CAFE
    82a Port Hills Road
    Great drinks, good food, outdoor area's with views of the valley you have just run

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