Mount Somers Summit Loop via Pinnacles HutIntermediate - Experienced
Submitted by Fiona Stechmann
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Intermediate - Experienced
Not Suitable (Slow)
Potential for snow year round and slips after rain, contact DOC for up to date information
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Start from the Sharplin Falls car park and take the track that is marked to Mount Somers Summit.
Follow this until you come to the turnoff for the summit and then turn right on to this track. The summit track is less well marked but is fairly easy to follow with marker poles and cairns but essentially you are just following the spur up to the summit ridge. The summit is marked with a trig point and an inspirational wooden structure!
From here there is no official track but you continue NW staying to the northerly side of the wide flat ridge for 1.5km untill you can see a way down to the saddle below with the main Mt Somers track passing over it. There are cairns along the top but these may be hard to see in some weather conditions so do not rely on using them. The way down is via a steep but navigable rocky spur which leads directly to the high point of the Mt Somers track. From here follow the track east towards the Pinnacles hut then on down to the carpark.
Features of interest
The summit of Mt Somers offers great views on a clear day
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 20%
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 10%
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
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Start from the Sharplin Falls (Staveley end) of the Mount Somers track
Lots of parking available with toilets and a shelter on site, be aware there have been multiple break-ins here and while there are now cameras installed it is best to not leave valuables in your car.
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters.
Water is available in lots of creeks on the way down and at the hut but none available on the way up
Snow possible on the tops year round, tops are very exposed to strong winds.
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See other runs nearby:
Mt Somers Woolshed Loop
Mt Somers - Round The Mountain
Mt Somers - Over the Top V1
Lake Camp and Clearwater Loop
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Lake Lilian Track
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The Southern Pinnacles
Mt. Taylor Dual
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