Benmore Hut to the bushlineIntermediate
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Back country - remote
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
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From the car park head through the gate and follow the 4WD track for 2.5 km. At this point you head into the 13 Mile Bush hunting and recreation reserve, you cross the creek a number of times and start to climb up towards the hut.
At around 6km you will see the Orange Hut. The track up to the bush line heads directly up the spur to the right of the hut when looking at the door. The trail is officially unmarked but it is fairly easy to follow. When you reach the bushline take note of where you leave the bush as this could be hard to find when you want to re-enter. From this point there is the potential to climb Mt Benmore or head up along the tops and over Rabbit Hill and Trig M. Return the same way.
Features of interest
Nice little 3 bunk hut at about 6km
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 20%
Technical Single Track: 40%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%
Driving west from Springfield cross the Kowhai river and continue on along the long straight until near the end where you turn left into the driveway to Benmore Station. Here you will see a small green and yellow DOC sign. Leaving gates as you find them and being aware there may be electric fences across the driveway, follow the signs to the car parking area. If you have a good 4WD you can drive a further 2.5 km but this track is rutted and muddy and requires good 4WD.
Fairly safe as it is on private land, good parking availability.
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, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
Lots available up to the hut but none beyond this point
Snow possible in winter, the track has the potential to be very muddy and the creek may be hard to cross after heavy rain.
Multiple Creek crossings, steep slippery slopes, the tops are very exposed from all directions.
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