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Mt Somers Woolshed Loop, Canterbury

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Mt Somers Woolshed LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Jo ONeill

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Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

5:00 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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Leave from Woolshed carpark on the Cool Mine route, arrive after steep climb at the Woolshed Hut, cross river and enjoy short walk further up to Water caves, then backtrack and follow signs to South Face. Again climb to reach the saddle, then down past the bus stop (!!!) onto the Rhyolite Ridge and the steep decline back to Woolshed carpark.

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Features of interest

Old Coal mine, Woolshed DoC hut, Water caves, Swing bridge, amazing views

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 70%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 10%

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  • Access

    Woolshed Carpark. From Mount Somers township, follow Ashburton Gorge Road for approx. 10 km before turning right into Jig Road. Follow Jig Road to the end.

    Good car parking with Toilets

    45 km

    36 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Always look for the next Orange tipped standard to make sure you are on the track, be aware of the weather and do not attempt in fog/low cloud if not been before

    Very patchy.

    Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters.

    You can drink from the flowing rivers by hut and along track no problem i would carry 1litre water with you at all times

    Not recommended in winter months - ok during spring and autumn check with DOC staff before hand if worried - weather can come in very fast so be prepared

    Normal tree roots and rocks etc constant on the track

  • Post run indulgence

    Stavely Cafe or Mayfield/Methven depending on your direction
    Lovely track with amazing views

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