Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Aamped and Clomped

Methven, Canterbury

Submitted by Nicole Jackson

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 27 ?

Gnarl Factor: 64 ?

13.9km

760m

760m

1115m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup

15%
25%
60%

Gravel Road

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.5%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

2:30

Slow

1:45

Moderate

1:15

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.

Fantastic birdlife to be heard in Te Awa Awa rata reserve.

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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.

14 km

14 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

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.

Perfect throughout.

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

No water.

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.

Mountain Bikers/Vehicles

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Sonja Vreugdenhil

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Trail Reviews


Fun trail, and plenty challenging for an eternal beginner like me. The top of Scott’s saddle has amazing views on a clear day, and this trail was still beautiful in the fog and rain.

Just a note that the guide seems to describe an early right turn and heading up Scott’s trail from its start, but the map seems to show completing Alder then heading up the ridge track to join Scott’s Saddle track. I’m familiar with the area but I still found it confusing to know which option I was supposed to take.

I ended up deciding to take Alder and Ridge track like I think the map shows, which is a little longer but an easier climb. To do this you turn right after 1.2km instead of after a couple of hundred meters as the guide says.

There were a few cycles about so I also took some advice from friendly people on the track, to head down the front door track instead of the backdoor track so that any cyclists would be coming uphill in front of me instead of downhill behind me.

The whole loop measured 16km for me in the end, with the variations.

Kristie Leigh

March 3

Great Trail. Absolutely stunning, a decent climb and open up to some of the best views. Makes me wish I lived down in the south island and convinced me to do a roadie south.
Can't wait to get out and explore more of the surrounding area. Thanks for creating 😊

Brad Geen

November 22, 2020

Great alpine adventure. Very cold up top even without snow on the ground so take plenty of layers. Dog bowl part way round is a nice touch. Wicked fast down hill. The wildlings pine debris has been moved off the track and you can avoid running on the road, there's a trail parallel to the road. Loved it! Earned my Gold Goat badge with this one

Corey Woodward

August 1, 2020

A delightfully varied trail with bush birdsong and sunshine to delight. Slight downside was having to avoid the recently felled wilding pines the contractors had left all over the mtb trail (tho I imagine the mtbers would be more annoyed) and the piece of trail that goes along the side of the Mt Hutt access road...didn't expect there to be so much traffic around midday on a mid winter Saturday. But otherwise it was most enjoyable going up and heaps of fun coming down!

Rebecca Sunderland

July 26, 2020

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