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Locharburn to Lake McKay, Otago

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Locharburn to Lake McKayIntermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Info Info

Trail Information

24.30km

1500m

1500m

 

Otago

Cromwell

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Mountainous

Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate

5:00 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)

-13.9%

+13.9%

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Description

Starting at the road, head up the hill. Probably not a lot of running in this first part... head up, following roughly the fencline. There is no track, but following the fence will bring you to the Lochaburn Scenic Reserve, then through this to private land. Continue following the fence over the stile, you will eventually meet the farm road. Once on the road, follow this and the signs up on to the top of the Pisa Range and along to Lake McKay. Turn around here and head back the same way.


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Features of interest

Great views over the Upper Clutha Valley. Schist tors towering over you. Alpine lake to have a quick swim in.


Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 25%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 75%


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  • Access

    Start is pretty tricky to spot if you are not actively looking for it. A simple DOC sign on the fence is the only indication of a track.

    There is no actual carpark around, I found the best scenario was to park on the shoulder of the road pointing towards Cromwell. Car is out in the open, so is nice and obvious and unlikely to be tampered with.

    22 km

    15 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Follow the fenceline.

    Generally good.

    Waterproof leggings, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    There is the lake up top, but other than that, water is pretty sparce.

    Can be very changeable, even in summer. Be prepared with some warm clothes as it is very exposed up on top when the rough weather does roll in.

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