Stoked!Beginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Back country - remote
Out and Back
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestCoastalOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
This looks like a straight run on the map but it feels anything but straight. You are following the ubiquitous orange triangles and the next one is usually in sight. In the last 1.5km or so there are multiple options for getting up the hill, you choose the one to the next triangle. The trail is for the most part in the extremely technical category with tree roots, rocks and mud everywhere. Once you reach the top you can veer right for some good north facing pics or cross the fence by the big orange triangle and head over towards the transmitter hut which is where the trig is. Once you have taken all the pics, soaked up the beauty, you retrace your steps down the hill.
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Features of interest
Mount Stokes is the tallest mountain in the Marlborough Sounds, so when you get up top the views are amazing and cameras don't do them justice. Lots of birdlife including wood pigeons and weka.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 30%
Technical Single Track: 55%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 5%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Head from either Havelock or Picton on Queen Charlotte Drive until you reach Linkwater, turn at the intersection there onto Kenepuru Road... stay on Kenepuru Road for about 42km and then turn onto Titirangi Road (no you are not in Auckland)... and follow that for about 11km. You will reach an intersection and the track starts at the inside corner of that intersection on your left.
Parking beside the road, quite wide at that point so no problem. Room for several vehicles.
If you can't see the next triangle, take your time, move around so that any trees that may have blocked your view don't. Then if you are still not sure, follow the worn track if there is one. Finally if no triangles appear, head back to where you saw the last one and take more time to look around.
Waterproof leggings, 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 bag, Cellphone, Map.
Take your own.
Could get very very tricky in the wet or in icy conditions, there are lots of rocks, tree roots and muddy patches and even in good conditions today there were a few slides coming down. To be fair, the view is what this climb is all about, so don't go up if the day is crap.
Tree roots, rocks, mud... EVERYWHERE!!! Very technical trail.
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