Seal Point Rd to SandymountBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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From the car-park on Seal Point Road, head along the well-formed track to the lookout and then on past it down the sandy trail to the beach. Once you get to the beach, take the time to look back up where you have just come from and be sure to save enough energy for the climb on the way back (105 metres vertical in 600m, mostly up soft sand). Then head along the beach giving the large black (and sometimes brown) lumps a wide berth... they are sea-lions and they are large (and smelly)!!!
About halfway along the beach you will see some orange signs to your left... ignore these as they are signs telling you not to enter. Carry on down the beach until near the end where you will see another orange arrow, this time with a sign beneath it saying "Sandymount Track".... follow this and the orange poles up the climb from the beach. At times you will lose sight of the next orange pole, however if you look around you should be able to see the footmarks in the distance to guide you.
In the next 1.5km you will climb 220m vertical on medium to soft sand... so it will feel like 400m or more, after the initial climb there is a slight dip and then the final climb to the top of Sandymount, this final section has a couple of sandy bits, but overall is much better trail. At the top you have great views of the southern coast and the inlet and harbour. Well worth the effort. After that, retrace your steps to the start. There is an option to visit 'Lovers Leap' which has some great views and doesn't add too much on vert-wise!
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Features of interest
Fantastic coastal views and get up close and personal to some mighty large sealions... yellow-eyed penguins if you're lucky!
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 60%
Easy Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
At the end of Seal Point Road on the Peninsula. About 20 minutes from downtown Dunedin.
Plenty of parking at the end of the road. Don't know of any transport to and from.
Just stick to the beach until you see the large Orange Triangle and the sign, then as you head up the hill, if you lose sight of the next orange pole, remember that you are heading up, keep looking to the left and up and for footprints on the sand.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No drinkable water available
Should be ok year round. Very first part is through farmland, but I don't think they close during lambing.
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