Submitted by Corey Woodward
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Front country - easily accessible
No dogs permitted, parts of this track are on private land and the owner reserves the right to close the track.
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This awesome wee trail has a nice riverside meander on good single track leading to an awesome 200m climb up 64m of elevation - hence the "Coalgate Crusher" - followed by a gentle downhill along the ridge back to the start with amazing views across the Canterbury plains towards Christchurch and the Port Hills.
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Features of interest
Interesting geology and great views across the Canterbury plains
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 5%
Easy Single Track: 95%
Trail head is just over the bridge after driving through Coalgate.
4WD vehicle is required to utilise the steep gravel track off the road, which is immediately after the bridge, surprisingly close to the bridge. Parking for a couple of vehicles on the flat.
If you don't have 4WD head slightly further from the bridge and there is a large driveway on the right, part of this is the old road to the bridge, it has a chain across it but looks like pedestrian access on the still sealed but overgrown road is possible, this joins up with the trail a few metres in.
The only place you could go astray is where the turn off to the climb section is, if you see a sign saying "Bridge", go left.
Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.
Take you own
Can get quite windy up on the ridge.
There are some steep drop offs on the ridge but the trail is far enough away to be safe, take care if stepping off the trail for photos.
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