Mt Isobel Long LoopBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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This route is part of the Rab Skyline Mountain Collection
Head north on Amuri Ave and left on to Jacks Pass Rd. Ignore the right turn on to Clarence Valley Rd but take the next right on to Chatterton Rd, which soon turns to gravel and then single track.
Follow this sweet trail uphill, bearing left at the only junction to reach Jacks Pass.
Here you cross the road and pick up the marked route to Mt Isobel. Some 4kms and 450m of climb later you'll reach the trig and soak in the views.
Continue on over the top following the poled route towards Jollies Pass Rd. Turn right and after a short uphill you crest the high point of the road and start a long downhill back to town on gravel road. The last couple of kms are flatter and sealed, so a fast finish if you still have the legs!
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Features of interest
Great views once above the bushline. And of course, the spa pools for a hot soak when finished!
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 25%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 15%
Gravel Road: 30%
Sealed Road: 20%
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
Amuri Ave, opposite the Thermal Pools.
Plenty of safe parking.
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Well signposted but keep an eye out for turnings.
Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
No drinking water on the route. Take what you need to get you through.
Snow and ice in winter.
Exposed at all times of year on the tops, so go prepared!
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