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Mt. Taylor Dual, Canterbury

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Mt. Taylor DualIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Tom Torok

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

10:00 (Slow)
7:00 (Moderate)
5:00 (Fast)



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From Lake Heron carpark, I took a bike to Double Hut following the well marked trail. It is probably not much faster than running (return journey was easier though).
From Double Hut, follow south branch of Swin river until you get to the bottom of obvious west ridge of Taylor. This is moderate river bed / boulder hopping but mostly runnable terrain.
About 100m or so up the true left branch, gain the west ridge of Taylor and follow path of least resistance to summit, marked by an occasional cairn. Enjoy the view, then retrace steps.

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Features of interest

Scenic Mt.Taylor provides an awesome summit panorama being the highest point east of Lake Heron. A fun ascent of its long west ridge. Historic Double Hut.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%

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I did it!
  • Access

    Lake Heron carpark

    Lots of parking

    71 km

    66 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), First aid kit, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    No water once on ridge unless there is snow around. Plenty before this.

    Mt. Taylor usually has snow on it during winter months or after snow event. So need to be prepared to travel on snow / frozen snow if this is the case.

    as above

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