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Mt Barrosa Burn, Canterbury

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Mt Barrosa BurnBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Jean Jack

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Mt Somers Village

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

Not Suitable (Slow)
1:40 (Moderate)
1:10 (Fast)



DOC marked route through some private land to access.

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This is a straight up ridge grunt that gets the legs burning. The first KM gives you a little bit of a moderate hill warm up before things get going. Poles would be good if you are familiar with them. Open single track and tussock ridge lines lead you to the summit and its spectacular views of the Hakatere basin and its surrounding mountains. Touch the cairn and after a quick refresh, get the legs ready for a speedy descent. Enjoy!

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Features of interest

A good view of the classic Mount Somers trails with some interesting rock features of its own hidden within the side gullies.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 20%

Technical Single Track: 60%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

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  • Access

    From Mount Somers village drive towards Hakatere Ashburton Lakes. About 1km before Blowing Point Bridge there is a DOC car park and sign for the Mt Borrosa hike on you right. Park here.

    Park at the pull out for the Mt Barrosa trail - DOC sign. 

    19 km

    13 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    There are a couple of small bluffs that you come up to on your way up which you traverse right (east) under. There is some lose rocks underfoot so take care to keep your speed in check on the way down. There is cell coverage at the summit. You lose cell phone coverage a few KMs out from Mount Somers village.

    Very patchy.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There is a stream at the very start - this may have stock access though.

    During winter snow can cover the route. There was a dusting of snow along the last 500m when I was up there in July.

    Some lose rock underfoot in the last KM

  • Post run indulgence

    Mount Somers shop ice creams are pretty good

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