Flat Top HillIntermediate
Submitted by Kieran Philip
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Open tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
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The loop starts from the carpark at the Conservation area. Run across dam and then take the track the heads to the right. Follow this track along the base of flat top hill until it heads directly up the face at about 5km. Most of the track involves following markers. Along the top follow the track as it works its way through the exposed schist tors until it loops its way back to the dam and carpark.
Features of interest
Great views overlooking the Roxburgh Gorge and down the Manukerikia Valley. A nice dam to cross and some old gold mining era pieces of interest.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 40%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
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
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Car park at the Flat Top Hill Conservation Area access just off Alexandra-Fruitlands Rd
Large parking area
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Reasonably well signposted as many tracks exist, track is marked consistently with orange markers on poles.
Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No drinkable water on site
Can be very windy up on top and is exposed to Southerlies.
A lot of loose rocks around which could cause tripping or rolling ankles.
Post run indulgence
Old Courthouse Building, 8 Centennial Ave, Alexandra
Great coffee, great pasta salad, great curried vege salad. Plenty of delicious sweet stuff too.
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