Sunrise HutBeginner - Intermediate
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Beginner - Intermediate
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Most of climb are switch backs and can be steep in some parts. Difficult to run the whole thing, but no doubt someone has! Beautiful native forest on a well formed tracked with the views at top worth the journey. Please note my GPX file includes running from the bottom gate as opposed the carpark (I hate driving my car up that road), so includes 2 extra kms plus another 300m ascent and descent.
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Features of interest
Lots of native birds and great views of Hawke's Bay. Snow coverage in winter.
Take the track behind hut to Armstrong saddle to see the mountains on the other side of the ranges, but only do this if wind is not too high (track is very technical and slipping away at some parts)
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 100%
State Highway 50
Wakarara road (watch for signs to sunrise hut)
Left on to North Block road (unsealed after the first 100m)
Follow North Block Road to end, drive through three gates to carpark at top (road is rough so take it easy)
Look for signs to indicate where to start.
Other tracks in this area include Swamp Track, Waipawa Forks (up a stony river bed), and Triple-X Hut
Plenty of parking in top carpark though road access is rough
Toilet at start of track and up at the hut
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.
Drinkable water at hut, but not advised to use unless boiled
In winter snow and ice on track does make it hard to climb (poles would be useful, but I have done it without them). High winds on track that goes behind hut to Armstrong saddle sometimes.
Post run indulgence
best coffee in town not open on Sunday
great food and coffee
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