Aamped and ClompedIntermediate
Submitted by Nicole Jackson
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
The downhill section of this route is on Mountain Bike Tracks (not technically shared). Should not be used if there is any mountain bike activity. The Mt. Hutt access Road can be used as an alternative and is still a really fun downhill (fast).
I start this trail at the bottom of the Mt Hutt access road as it gives your legs time to warm up before heading uphill. At the T-Section head down the gravel road in the direction of the hills (not up Mt. Hutt Rd.) Once you are in the reserve the toilet block is on your left and the track starts behind it. The track to follow is the Alder Track. Within a few hundred meters there will be the first junction, go right.
Follow track up hill and through a few small clearings. Eventually you will be given the option of taking the Scotts Saddle track - take it! Stay on the Scotts Saddle track up to the bushline, there is an obvious and marked route beyond this point all the way up to the Trig Point at Scotts Saddle. Once you reach the trig point, look down and to the right. You will see the entrance to Scotts Saddle Express Mt. Bike track. Follow this track downhill until you meet The Main Downhill Line and then Backdoor. But any option of tracks will take you downhill!! If the tracks have mountain bikers on them then it is probably safest to use the main access road. It is still a wickedly fast and fun downhill and a safer option.
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Features of interest
Fantastic birdlife to be heard in Te Awa Awa rata reserve.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 60%
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Gravel Road: 15%
The mapped route starts at the T-Junction at the bottom of the access road to Mt. Hutt. Ski Field, this allows for a bit of a warm-up before heading uphill. Otherwise, there is plenty of Parking at Te Awa Awa Rata reserve approx 1.5 kms up the road (and still on the mapped route).
Park on the verge at the T-section at the bottom of Mt Hut. access road or Te Awa Awa Rata reserve. No public Transport.
There are multiple track options, so take care when track splits. The same on the downhill there are multiple options for descending, saying that they will all take you back to the Mt. Hutt access road.
Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone.
Can be very muddy any time of the year. Slippery clay underfoot during the winter. Also if you choose to descend ski hill access road it can be very busy with vehicles during the winter time. You will be above tree line at certain points and weather and it can be incredibly windy and cold.
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