Mt Horn LoopIntermediate
Submitted by Kieran Philip
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Front country - easily accessible
Open farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
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Leaving the carpark you head up the Reservoir Track which is just across the road. Follow this up and past the old reservoir. At the top, instead of following the pole markers to the left, veer to the right and head up that ridge. Once on the farm track you follow this all the way up through the station up to a junction just below Mt Horn. Climb over a wee wire fence and head up to the trig and shed. Once there, head back to the wire fence, take a right hand turn and go down into Campbells Creek. You then climb up out of this and follow a ridge down towards Cromwll and the lake. You get to Bikewheel - a junction of tracks that has a bike wheel resting against a rock (hence the name). Arriving at Bikewheel, you want to take the grass track at "10 O'clock". Follow this track back further down the ridge. Then take a left near the bottom in to Firewood Creek and head down then back up to meet up at the top of the Reservoir Track again. Follow this nice bit of downhill and loop back to the car.
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Features of interest
General quality Central Otago country! Some great views and a trig to bag.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 3%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 96%
Sealed Road: 1%
Jacksons Lookout carpark just off Highway 8 outside Cromwell.
Plenty of off road parking at the lookout, nice and public so should be no security issues.
Name: Northburn Station
Telephone: Anybody who wants to run/walk/bike on Northburn Station must complete a new Health and Safety form. Please call in to BNZ Cromwell branch and see Barbara Young to sign the form. You must also get permission from the farm manager Ben before going on Northburn Station. Contact phone number is 0276295915
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Follows 4WD track most of time. Arriving at Bikewheel, you want to take the grass track at "10 O'clock".
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Water in Campbells Creek - would need treating before drinking though.
Gets really windy and cold up on top. Snow present during times in winter.
Plenty of loose rocks laying around to roll your ankles on.
Post run indulgence
Grain and Seed Cafe
Great BLAT sandwiches and good coffee.
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