Submitted by Fiona Stechmann
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Back country - remote
Out and Back
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
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Starting from the end of Chattertons Rd, head up the gravel road for around 1.5 km until you see the sign on the left for the Chattertons River Track. Follow the track as it climbs up toward Jacks Pass. There is only one spot where there are two ways to go and if you keep to the left you will stay climbing. Once you reach the height of Jacks Pass, instead of heading right to the road turn left and follow the orange markers up the hill.
Be careful here to keep an eye on the next orange marker as it can be very easy to lose the track through the scrub. Continue following the markers up the spur and then tending to the left until you join the final ridge line to the summit. From here drop back down the same way, again being sure to keep a good eye on the markers and then choose if you want to go back down the river track or down the Jacks Pass Track that is a bit more open and slightly less rough under foot.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 70%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Gravel Road: 10%
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
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Drive out of Hanmer along Jacks Pass road towards the Hanmer Alpine Adventure Holiday park. Park anywhere here at the end of Chattertons road or if you don't want to run up the Gravel road then drive up Chattertons Rd until you see the sign for the Chattertons River Track on the left.
Parking is fairly safe and easily available along the side of the road.
Make sure to know where the next orange marker is on the spur and ridge up towards Mt Dunblane. This trail could be hard to follow in low cloud or fog.
Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
Water in the river on the river track but none on the tops.
The tops are very exposed with little shelter available. Highly likely to be snow in winter.
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