Mt Thomas via Ridge TrackBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslands
Beginner - Intermediate
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A nice way up Mt Thomas (avoiding the leg wrecking stairs of wooded gully and the unrelenting steepness of the Summit Track). Hardest part of the route is getting to the start of the ridge track itself without getting lost on the logging roads (total lack of signage) - from the car park head west on the main road and take the SECOND turn on the right (which veers off at an angle), follow that road up for 600m and the ridge track starts on the right, initially up thru logged pineforest before entering the beech forest at about 3km. Follow the ridge track up to the top and turn right, following the ridgeline along to the summit of Mt Thomas (at the 8km mark). Easiest option down is to retrace your route, or you can go down the Summit Track (steep but unstepped) or Wooded Gully Track (way too many steps).
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Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 90%
Gravel Road: 10%
Mt Thomas carpark (end of Hayland Road)
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
nil - take plenty
relatively high so tends to have plenty of snow in winter.
Wasps can be a major issue in summer
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