Mt Thomas GruntBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Jai Burrows
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
Beginner - Intermediate
This route is part of the Further Faster Canterbury Hills Collection
Start is at the car park where there is a notice board of what walking tracks are on offer. I took the Summit Track which takes you to the top of Mt Thomas. This is very steep and you are going through a pine tree forest. It is approx 3.5 kms to the trig station. From here you run along the ridge track for approx 1.5 - 2 kms which is a nice easy run. You then take the Wooded Gully Track which starts your descent back to the car park. This is in nice native beech forest. This track can be quit technical and steep in places. The time I did it was after a lot of rain and can be very wet on the track and in places a mini stream which was fun.
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Features of interest
At the top is a great look out over to Christchurch City and surrounding farm land. Absolutely stunning views
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 60%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
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
Turn off Birch Hill Rd onto Hayland Rd. Follow Hayland Rd to the end when you will reach the carpark at the base of Mt Thomas
Car parking is readyily available at the car park. Would pay to take valuables with you, although I have had no problems with car being broken into.
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Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
Not sure, I took my own. There is streams you can get water from assuming it is drinkable. A camp ground near by which should have water available.
Can be muddy, slippery & very wet underfoot after heavy rain. Exposed ridge top which will expose you to the weather conditions.
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