Coopers Creek - Ryde Falls loopBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by John Davis
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
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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.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 100%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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Mountain Road carpark (same as for Mt Oxford track)
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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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Mt Oxford Half
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Mt Thomas Routes and Ridges
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