Last Updated: 13th Feb 2024

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Sebastopol Traverse - sky run

Sebastopol Ridge

Red Tarns Track

Last Updated: 13th Feb 2024

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Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 75 ?

5.7km

820m

820m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Combo

Mountainous

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

50%
20%
30%

Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +28.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -28.8%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable

Slow

3:00

Moderate

1:30

Fast

Start from the dead end at Sebastopol Drive. Follow DOC signs to Red Tarns track. Cross the footbridge across Black Birch Stream. Follow the DOC track to Red Tarns. It is about 1km and 300m ascent up stairs with occasional low gradient sections.

Once at Red Tarns follow the unmarked but well worn route up to the saddle amongst low native vegetation. Continue up the ridge towards the summit of Sebastopol on steep sections made up of scree up to the summit at pt. 1468. Follow the ridgeline until you see a rock with a hole in it. Turn right and follow the scree fan down towards the valley floor. To the right is a gap in the vegetation and follow goat tracks to cut back under the Sebastopol Summit. Descend scree slope to meet back at the Red Tarns track and retrace steps to where you started.

This trail includes the peak Sebastopol .

Summit of Sebastopol provides 360 degree views of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

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Parking at the start of the trailhead.

1 km

5 minutes

No

No

Hard.

There are two key turning points in the route. One - after Sebastopol summit you traverse the ridge and need to find an exit point down into the valley. A key feature is a rock with a hole in it, above an obvious scree fan. Two - you need to sidle to the right in order to cut back under Sebastopol Ridge. There is a gap in vegetation you can see to the right. Follow one of the many goat tracks that lead you to this gap. Once through the gap, it is wide open scree fan to return back to the Red Tarns track.

Perfect throughout.

Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)

No water along the route.

Not advised during winter as there is snow. Very exposed to cold winds and rain at certain times of the year.

The ridgeline is very exposed. Move carefully.

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