Submitted by Renee Ferguson
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslands
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This is a great track for all levels, in summer it is popular as part of the Dusky trail - so there are a lot of mountain bikers around. Easy to follow with bright orange poles the entire way. Its a straightforward track - up over the hill and then straight down the valley, hot in summer and freezing in winter. A few minor stream crossings where it's guaranteed wet feet so plan for that. No toilets or water and its farmland so be considerate during lambing etc
Features of interest
Awesome views of the mountain ranges
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 5%
Moderate Single Track: 5%
Easy Single Track: 5%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 85%
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Head out of Twizel via Glen Lyon road, cross the canel and turn left. Follow the road for 300m and then right up the gravel road into the carpark
Plenty of parking either off the road in the car park, or for a bit of visibility park next to the canal where there are usually at least a few fishermen around
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Once you hit the Pyramid lookout point, head down the gravel/4wd track and keep an eye out for the orange poles - keep them in sight and you can't go wrong
Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There are a few streams that have snow melt - but it is through farmed land... I have drunk from it with no issues
Cold winds at the top in winter, and ice and snow on much of the trail. In summer, it gets very hot and a sunhat is a must
Post run indulgence
Shawtys or Ministry of Work
Twizel town square
Awesome coffee at Shawtys, and the curly fries and beer at Ministry of Work :-) (both in the same location, owned by the same person)
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