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Mt Chisholm, Canterbury

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Mt ChisholmBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Hamish Laing

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Hanmer Springs

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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Head up this marked DOC track from the road for awesome 360deg views of the Molesworth station. It's big country with expansive views up the Awatere valley and down the Acheron. Spot Tapuae-o-uenuku to the North East and enjoy the whole Inland Kaikoura Range. The initial 4wd track leads to a saddle, from there followed the poled route up to the left and traverse the ridge until reaching the broad summit of Mt Chisholm - it's further than you think. The summit is marked by a small DOC sign.

On the way down take in Pt1279 to bag a second peak for the day.

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Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 85%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%

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  • Access

    Heading north from Hanmer Springs the start of the track is just past Wards Pass on a sharp corner.

    Small gravel area with sign on side of road

    73 km

    90 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No water available

    Molesworth station road is unfortunately closed in the winter.

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