Old Coach Road Ohakune - return tripBeginner - Intermediate
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Note this is for running from Marshalls road, to the end of the trail (start of 4WD track) at Horopito end, this can also be run in one direction with transport.
From carpark cross the bridge.
First few kms is up the old coach road, grass/stones, wide open area.
At the top follow sign and turn R) for some easy single trail ascent, coming down the other side to the first viaduct. Either take the very worthwhile detour to the viaduct or turn L) to head on single trail.
Trail opens back to grass land before running onto compacted gravel to finish the ascent.
At the end of the compacted trail, (high point of trail) turns back into cobblestone road i.e rocks, mud, and roots but still wide.
The trail will then venture back into the forest and the single trail, descending to a bridge to cross the river.
At the top of the climb there is the next viaduct.
Trail is then undulating, with a train track crossing (careful trains) and continues undulating before dropping down to a bridge with a sharp uphill to the stile.
The stile marks the end of the single trail and the start of the 4WD out to Horopito.
Either turn around and return to start, or if you have organised transport, continue out for the last couple of kms to Horopito.
Features of interest
You can see the old viaducts as well as the current train track on the run.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 50%
From Ohakune township, head down Goldfinch Street until you reach The Junction. Turn left at the Powderhorn. Continue down until Marshall Road on your right. This is a gravel road, and drive to the carpark at the end of the road.
Parking is available. This is a remote area out of town, ensure car is locked/secured
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Is well signposted and trail is easy to follow
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
There are a couple of streams that can be accessed if required, but carry your own.
Is at altitude so in winter can snow (high point 761 metres next to Mt Ruapehu) and generally wet in the winter.
The snow will not normally be thick at this level and will often not settle.
Take care for Mountain Bikers, this is a shared track
- Post run indulgence
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