Grandview Ridge TrackIntermediate
Submitted by Joshua Keeble
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Front country - easily accessible
Point to Point (one way)
Open tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Track crosses private land and some sections may be closed for lambing in September & October
Northbound: Short flat section of 1km at the start, followed by unrelenting uphill for the next 20km to Grandview Peak. Downhill sections, where they are, are short, sharp and rocky. Any downhill is immediately followed by an uphill. Opportunities to actually run are few and far between. Once you past Grandview Peak 21km in, the track flattens out to undulating terrain for 9km where you will ascend almost as much as you descend before a short climb to Pakituhi Hut. From the hut it is a brutal 1000 metre descent over 5km to the lake shore of Lake Hawea. This drop is considerably steep, rocky and covered in schist rock for the first half. There are a dozen or so switchbacks through waist high scrub for the last few hundred metres of drop.
Features of interest
Interesting rock outcrops and formations near the summit of Grandview Peak. Optional run extension of Grandview Peak (approx. 1km extra) and Breast Hill (approx 6km extra)
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 5%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 30%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 55%
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
Come off Luggate-Tarras Road and take either Jolly Road or Colling Road depending on your approach direction. At the intersection of Jolly Rd / Colling Rd, there is a third road - Long Gully Road. Take this road past the farmhouse on your right and continue on through two gates. Please leave all gates as found. Immediately after the second gate is the Long Gully car park and the start of the track. Do not proceed any farther beyond this point in a vehicle.
There is a grass car park with room for half a dozen cars approximately. It is on a shallow slope and may become boggy after heavy rain.
There are many opportunities to take a wrong turn with splits from the main track for side tracks, access routes and farm tracks. It is recommended you take topo maps, a GPS unit or a phone with an app such Topo GPS or Map Toaster.
Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
There is no water available until Pakutuhi hut, which is almost 33km in. Some creeks may be active after heavy rain but this is farmed land and the quality of water would be questionable with regards to contaminants. No water after Pakituhi hut either.
Very exposed for much of the route, although the route does not follow the true ridge. Intense sun in summer with minimal chance of shade and wind chill must be factored in at most other times of the year.
This route should not be attempted in winter due to extreme cold and avalanche risk.
This route should not be attempted when cloud is low as visibility will greatly hinder progress.
Caution on descents as generally steep and rocky with loose schist blended with ice-berg style rocks.
Extreme caution required on final descent from Pakituhi hut - watch for ice in shaded areas year round.
Do not attempt to descend from Pakituhi to track end in the dark - take a head-torch in the event you overrun your expected completion time or stay at the hut.
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