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Little Peel Loop, Canterbury

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Little Peel LoopIntermediate

Submitted by Paul Forbes

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Front country - easily accessible



Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


3:30 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



This track is subject to flood warnings occasionally so keep an eye on the signs near the carpark. 

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Starting at the carpark head up the gravel road until you reach the trailhead. Follow the signposted route for Emily Falls/South Ridge.

This track then winds its way along and down to the Rata Stream which you go along a bit and cross. Follow the track along and then up the South Ridge, which becomes a poled route and heads up the ridge to reach Little Peel.

Once at the hut, make sure you pop up to bag the trig, then continue on your way. Following the track along Deer Spur is a lot easier and is less technical - a chance to smash you quads if you feel inclined. Head down this trail all the way back. You will come out at the top of Lookout Road which is about 300m from the carpark.

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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 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

Little Mount Peel

Little Mount Peel

Length: 10.00km

Big Mt Peel

Big Mt Peel

Length: 23.70km

Peel Forest Tiki Tour

Peel Forest Tiki Tour

Length: 15.40km


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  • Access

    Head to Peel Forest and continue through. Turn right off Blandswood Rd before the ford and park in the carpark on Lookout Rd.

    Parking space available off the street. Information board and toilet present as well.

    25 km

    23 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    No water available

    It gets very windy on top and topped with snow sometimes.

    A little bit of rock clambering at the top of south ridge but nothing too serious.

  • Post run indulgence

    The Green Man Cafe
    Peel Forest
    They sell coffee and ice cream, nuff said.

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