Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Grandview Ridge Track

Cromwell, Otago

Submitted by Joshua Keeble

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 54 ?

Gnarl Factor: 21 ?

38.0km

2100m

2140m

1480m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

55%
30%
10%
5%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.0%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

8:30

Slow

6:30

Moderate

4:30

Fast

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.

This trail includes the peak Bluenose.

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)

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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.

37 km

27 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

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.

Patchy.

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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Trail Reviews

Beauty of a trail! Went southbound which I recommend as it probably gives you more running opportunities.

Andy Ward

September 16, 2021

Awesome track with such good views throughout!!
Just pointing out that the carpark is about 2km past farm house.

Adam Clifford

February 13, 2021

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