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Mt Thomas Direct!, Canterbury

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Mt Thomas Direct!Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Lisa Ainley

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7.60km

750m

745m

 

Canterbury

Oxford

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Mountainous

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:35 (Moderate)
1:10 (Fast)

-19.6%

+19.7%

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Description

Start at the DOC sign and cross the grassy area. Do not head straight up Wooded Gully, instead take the single track to the right. This may be a bit muddy depending on time of the year. Cross a stile and then the track will veer left and head up hill.

A short climb up and you come out to a 4WD road. (If you choose to turn left here this will eventually lead you back to Wooded Gully and back to the carpark). Cross over this road and continue straight up. At the time of writing this area is open as it has been logged. So as you climb, don't forget to stop and turn around and take in the wonderful views of the Canterbury Plains.

You will continue on into the pine forest and keep on climbing and climbing and climbing. There is a small respite of a teeny down hill for a matter of metres but then straight away you are back climbing. The good news is you will eventually get to a sharp corner in the track (the "Zag") at this point you are about half way - time wise - to the top. Also one more short grunt and you will find the trail, although still climbing, eases off. You have now done the steepest climb on the trail.

Just keep climbing and then about half a km from the top you emerge out onto a 4wd road. Turn left and after about half a km you reach the trig at the top. If you are lucky and have a clear day you can see for miles. The views are breathtaking.

You then return back down the way you came retracing your steps back to the carpark. For those who want a longer trip the options are endless from here. You can head down Wooded Gully or Ridge track. Maybe take an even longer trip out to Bobs Biv or the Pinchgut Hut. So many choices. One trip to the top of Mt Thomas is not going to satisfy. It is a summit that deserves repeat trips from different directions.


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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 47%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Easy Single Track: 5%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 13%


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Overlapping Runs

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

Mt Thomas Grunt

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Mt Thomas Routes and Ridges

Length: 28.50km


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  • Access

    From Oxford head over the Ashley Gorge Bridge and continue on till you cross the Garry River. Immediately after this turn left onto Hayland Road. Follow Hayland Road approximately 4km till you get to the Wooded Gully Picnic Area.
    From Rangiora head over the Ashley Bridge, continue straight ahead and not turning off the road you are on till you get to Hodgsons Road. Turn left hear. Signs will head you to Okuku, Glentui etc. Just follow this road, straight, go through a dog leg, but stay on this road. Cross the Okuku River and approximately 10km further ahead is Hayland Road on the right.

    This is a DOC parking area. Plenty of space to park and the facility to park just over the culvert in the camping area.

    23 km

    20 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Just keep heading up and up and up till you get to the trig.

    Very patchy.

    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    No water available on this route. But there is water in a creek on Wooded Gully track.

    Can get extremely cold on the summit in bad weather or cold winds. Always carry some warm clothing and water. Tell someone where you are heading.

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