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Awesome Alford, Canterbury

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Awesome AlfordIntermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


2:40 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:20 (Fast)



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This quick ascent of this prominent Canterbury Foothill is one of the many trail running windfalls from the Tenure Review process. A well marked trail runs up an easement from the carpark, initially following a fenceline and soon plunging into an awesome remnant forest for the first third of the climb. It can be a bit tree rooty and muddy on this section and it soon starts gaining height and the running may slow to a power walk at times.

Soon the bushline is reached, and you skirt the farm boundary fence for a bit until emerging through a 'hole in the fence' gate and head across country to pick up the main ridge to the top. There's a cool little picnic table about half way up. The trail can be a bit sketchy at times but its well poled with orange markers and waratahs.

Further up through scrub and even some volcanic scree you'll gain the summit ridge and not too long after the football sized field at the summit will be reached. Worth exploring up here and taking lots of photos on a clear day with great views of the neighbouring Mt Hutt, Winterslow and Taylor ranges.

All in all a neat wee peak for a quick few hours hit out, return back the same way. Please stick to the marked trail as the surrounding land is mostly private freehold.

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Features of interest

A commanding view from the summit of the surrounding Canterbury foothills and plains, some interesting old volcanic rock and an observatory all located on this route

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 20%

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  • Access

    DOC Carpark, Alford Settlement

    Turn left of the Inland Scenic Highway at the signposted Alford Settlement and head around to the right to the end of the public access road

    18 km

    15 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    If it fogs in the route may be harder to follow so make sure you are suitably equipped and with GPS/ Map


    Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Bring your own water

    Expect snow in winter, and rapid changes any time of year. Check the forecast

    Take suitable clothing if the weather tanks

  • Post run indulgence

    Anywhere in Methven

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