Sledge Track with Toetoe Loop & Otangane LoopIntermediate - Experienced
Submitted by Tim Carpenter
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslands
Intermediate - Experienced
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Start from carpark and head along the Sledge Track (do not cross the first bridge) up left side of the river.
Track undulates for around 2.5km along easy track to The Elevation.
Turn left up The Elevation with a steep climb (very slippery when wet) for a 350m elevation gain.
Turn left at the top (posted mines) to complete Toetoe loop. Track can be wet and slippery, is well signposted with orange triangles.
Track starts to turn back from the Platinum mines to complete loop.
300 metres prior to completing loop there is an OPTIONAL loop to head down to Otangane loop. Either turn left here or continue to finish Toetoe loop and head down and home.
If completing Otangane loop you head down for approx 1km before hitting the loop proper, marked by orange triangles. I recommend completing loop in clockwise direction.
Once the loop is completed you have the 1km back up to Toetoe loop and then down The Elevation and out.
Features of interest
You will run past the old Platinum mines, and there is a great lookout from 'The Nipple' on the Otangane Loop
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 20%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Head out to the end of Kahuterawa Road (off Old West Road). The last few kms is gravel, there is a large carpark at the end with a toilet and maps of the area.
Carpark is remote, but there is a lot of use by recreational users.
Route is well marked with orange triangles, take your time to ensure heading the right way when completing for the first time.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Muddy and slippery during the rainy season.
Can be cold and exposed on the tops.
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