Last Updated: 17th Nov 2023

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Mount Somers over the back

Mount Somers Woolshed Creek Carpark to Sharplin Falls Carpark

Mount Somers Track

Mount Somers, Canterbury

Submitted by Sonja Vreugdenhil

Last Updated: 17th Nov 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 34

Gnarl Factor: 53

17.6km

1085m

1175m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

15%
15%
30%
40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.8%

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Estimated Times to Run

4:30

Slow

3:00

Moderate

2:00

Fast

Begin at Woolshed Creek Carpark and follow the DOC marked track for Blackburn Coal Mine, Woolshed Creek Hut and Sharplin Falls Carpark. The trail begins in native bush with several exploration options along the way of old coal mines.

About 3.5km into the trail there is the option to go left for the 4wd track to Woolshed Creek Hut. Take this option to enjoy some time on less technical trail and stunning views. Enjoy the descent into Woolshed Creek Hut where there is a stream to cross and an option to fill up water if needed.

From here there is some undulating terrain and two more stream crossings until reaching the climb to the saddle. This climb is the most aggressive of the day. Once on the saddle there is some stunning views and the great running in some open country. Be careful as it can be cold up here with a breeze.

Follow the DoC markers until the Pinnacles Hut. From here the trail is very technical, lots of tree roots and rocks back in the native bush. The descent from Pinnacles Hut will bring you to the stream. Continue down the right side of the stream until reaching the swing bridge to cross. The trail continues down the stream for 1km before beginning a tough ascent to Dukes Knob. From Dukes Knob the descent is technical and can be very slippery.

Once you hit the stairs it is the home stretch to the carpark.

Woolshed Creek Hut Pinnacles Hut Dukes Knob.

Because this is a trail that goes around the back of the mountain, it is best to get dropped off at Woolshed Creek carpark and have a vehicle parked at Sharplin Falls carpark if doing it alone. If with a friend, a vehicle can be parked at each end. There is limited cellphone reception at both carparks

13 km

22 minutes

No

No

Easy.

Follow DOC markers.

Very patchy.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

There are several good streams to take water from.

Mount Somers is prone to snowfall over winter. The saddle can often have 1ft of snow

Staveley Store
Staveley
Located 5km from Sharplin Falls Carpark

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Shane Ashley

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Level: Beginner - Intermediate

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Level: Intermediate - Experienced

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