Lake Lilian TrackBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Arjan Hulsman
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Beginner - Intermediate
The track will take you over mainly 4x4 tracks along a station fence to where the Harper River spits with the Avoca River. After around 9 km you have to jump a fence and follow the orange pole markers through a paddock, which continues in a really nice single track. Follow this track for another kilometre and you will end up at the shore of Lake Lilian.
On your way back it's really nice to follow the 4x4 track through the riverbed instead following the fence line.
The track it self is not really spectacular, pretty flat and not really technical, but the scenery around you is stunning, the blue rivers and the mountains are amazing. The multiple river crossings make this track a lot more fun.
Features of interest
At the start of the route you can see a water-powered power station.
You'll be running on part of the Te Araroa Trail.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 15%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 85%
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
After following the Harper Road, drive through Harper Village across the bridge. After the bridge take a right towards upper Glenthorne Station (AA sign.) From this sign it will be 500 meters to the start of the Track. The track starts in 180 turn. You will drive into a DOC sign with the tracks on it.
No public transport.
Really easy to reach with any kind of car
Follow the orange pole markers, if you don't see them follow the 4x4 track which is really easy to follow.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
I wouldn't be too worried to drink water from the rivers. But if you're concerned it'll be necessary to bring your own.
Should be all right all year around. Maybe lots of snow in the winter.
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