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Coopers Creek - Ryde Falls loop, Canterbury

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Coopers Creek - Ryde Falls loopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by John Davis

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

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



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Easy run along the front face of Mt Oxford to Wharfedale Track and back (whilst avoiding all the climbing of Mt Oxford itself)
From the Mountain Road carpark go thru the gate and follow the track left, but instead of crossing the bridge to head up Mt Oxford stay on the true right of the river following the Coopers Creek track. The track is a bit indifferent at first until you leave the farmland and enter the beech forest after 1km. Follow the track for 4km 'til you come to a T junction - take the right hand branch (signposted for Ryde Falls) but stay on the main (Korimako) track at the 6km mark (don't take the right hand branch down to Ryde Falls itself as it's a dead-end track), this will eventually take you thru to the Wharfedale Track at the 7km mark. Turn left on the Wharfedale and follow it down for 500m, turning left again on the 'Link Track' which will take you directly back to the Coopers Creek track, follow this back to the carpark.

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Moderate Single Track: 100%

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Overlapping Runs

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Mt Oxford - Wharfdale Track

Mt Oxford - Wharfdale Track

Length: 35.00km

Mt Oxford Half

Mt Oxford Half

Length: 20.50km


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  • Access

    Mountain Road carpark (same as for Mt Oxford track)

    10 km

    12 minutes



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    Very patchy.

    Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Zero (would definitely not drink out of the river at the carpark as it's fed from areas with livestock)

    Generally good all year, being under canopy and in beech forest means it never gets overly muddy, and low enough to seldom have snow

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    Sheffield Pie Shop

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