White Pine RiotBeginner
Submitted by Matt Doherty
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
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White Pine Trail. Lovely little loop that has a few creek crossings, great short run for the beginner wanting to push it a bit. Described in a clockwise direction although either way is fine. The sign at the trail head says it's a 3.5 hour walk while on the info board it says 2 hours. Both generous even by DOC standards if not too wet.
From the info board with the entrance behind you head to the far end of the campground, look to your left & pick up the trail head at the sign.
First short climb is broad with stairs which quickly becomes a cruisy little singletrack from the top. Follow this, ignoring the junction on your right (this is the return of the loop section.) The track weaves it's way through native bush and isn't always immediately obvious after heavy leaf fall but is pretty straightforward to follow. The track winds its way around the hill gradually getting a bit narrower & more technical.
After the high point you descend to cross the creek 5? times, there are orange arrows on the crossings, on the final crossing you have to travel along the creek bed for a few meters before you get to the exit. Then a short sharp climb and you are back to the junction you passed earlier on the way in. Left here and a quick descent back to the start.
Features of interest
Remanants of old homestead.
Dog friendly DOC campground
There is a small network of walking & mtb trails a couple of kms away at Raincliff back down Middle Valley Rd towards Fairley. The Purple route was a bit overgrown (for a bike) in Jan2018 but well worth exploring for a couple of hours on the hoof (or bike)
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 25%
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 25%
From Fairlie take the SH79 towards Geraldine. Turn right into Middle Valley Rd. Turn right into Homebush road & follow on to the Pioneer Park DoC camp a couple of kms away. As you turn into Pioneer park, not far down the road is a ford crossing. With the recent rains, there's fast flowing water over the ford so rethink if in small/2wd vehicles.
Park at the camping/picnic area
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
While there is a tap in the campground the water does need boiling and often runs out.
If planning on camping here bring plenty of your own, the creek also goes underground in spots in dry weather.
Would be muddy after prolonged rain.
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