Rangiwahia Hut - Deadmans TrackExperienced
Submitted by Tim Carpenter
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Back country - remote
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
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Follow the DOC signs for Rangiwahia hut. This is an easy part of the trail to follow, continuing upwards with good view points and a couple of swing bridges to cross. Comes out at Rangiwahia Hut, this part can be run in 45minutes.
Continue past Rangiwahia Hut - this is now in the open tops and navigation can be more challenging, especially in poor visibility, and there are numerous paths that can be chosen, follow the best route and orange triangles.
Turn R) up to Mangahuia (not left to Triangle Hut) and from highest point turn R) onto Deadman's Track.
First part of the downhill is very technical and steep with a drop on one side, care required.
Eventually this opens out into moderate trail and then easier trail, and once off the tops, easy enough to follow trail and markers down the hill.
Features of interest
Short relatively quick access to "The Tops" of the Ruahine ranges with great views.
Pass Rangiwahia Hut on the way up to Managhuia 1583metres.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 50%
Moderate Single Track: 50%
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From Feilding head to Kimbolton and then onto Rangiwahia.
Continue onto Te Para Para Road, and turn left onto Renfrew Road (DOC sign posts), this road is gravel.
Continue to end of the road, there will be 1 x gate to open and close as you pass through Farm Land, there are DOC signs present.
Remote location, so lock car, plenty of parking.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
Available at Rangiwahia Hut
Very exposed to elements, can change quickly in Alpine conditions, can snow in the winter, wind can be very cold
Weather, mud, terrain, finding the track.
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