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Mt Guy, Canterbury

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Mt GuyIntermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Mt Somers Village

Back country - remote

Out and Back


Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


3:15 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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Mt Guy is a prominent peak from Lake Clearwater Huts, and its almost impossible for a trail bagger of any sort to turn up the chance to check out the view on top of this one.

Park up in the village and head down to the shoreline of Lake Clearwater to pick up the trailhead. The first couple of kms is nice 4WD trail around the lake, crossing Lambies Stream outlet. Then the climb proper begins, steady to start but it gets steeper and steeper and gnarlier as you climb.

As you climb the views become more and more expansive, up into the headwaters of the Rangitata - famous High Country Station Country. Mesopotamia, Erewhon, its all up here, with Mt D'Archiac and the Main Divide to Mt Cook on full display if the weather plays its part. Lord of the Rings country for those that way inclined, you can see why this countryside filled in for Rohan in the films.

Eventually after an hour or so of serious uphill grunt things start to level out and you'll find the massive summit cairn on a wide and comparatively flat summit.

Two options for the return, retrace your steps - or else head west along the summit and descend the ridgeline to hook up with part of the Te Araora Trail which passes to the western flank of Mt Guy.

Not a long day, but certainly a steep one and if its hot, a refreshing dip in Lake Clearwater will invigorate the most hard core of us!

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Features of interest

The Ashburton Lakes, as they are known locally
Retired Pastoral leasehold
Great views

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

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  • Access

    Lakefront, Mt D'Archiac Drive, Lake Clearwater

    Access Lake Clearwater Huts from Mt Somers Village about 45 mins up the Hakatere Mt Potts Road

    33 km

    34 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Take a map. Route is well poled by DOC but weather changes can be swift and fog you out swiftly


    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, 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 blanket, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters.

    BYO. Village is on tanks

    Snow in winter. High country travel even at the foot of the hill, so prepare for any eventuality- pack wisely and know the forecast

    Rapid weather changes.

  • Post run indulgence

    Mayfield Panthers Rock
    Nice small town bar with a solid menu for the way home

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