Submitted by Malcolm Law
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Open farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
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Starting from the DOC car park at the end of Nook Road, cross the stile and follow the poles to join the fray track. There's several shallow stream crossings in the first couple of kms, but stepping stones keep your feet dry in normal flow conditions.
After a gentle uphill start the gradient picks up after about 1.5km but is well graded other than a couple of short, steeper sections.
After about 4.5 kms you come to a gate and stile and beyond the trail turns to lovely single track, heading uphill for another 2 kms to another stile and gate.
Follow the poles up a short section of rough track to reach another farm road, turn left and continue uphill for just short of a km. At around 1280m altitude leave the farm track, jump the fence to your right and pick a line through the tussock and herb field to climb the western side of Grandview Mountain. It's fairly steep and involves a little bit of easy scrambling but makes for a fun final ascent.
Once at the trig and you've got the obligatory photo, follow the poled route off the eastern side of the peak to rejoin the farm track a bit higher up than where you left it. Turn left and enjoy 8.5 kms of virtually unbroken downhill retracing your steps back the way you came.
Features of interest
Awe-inspiring country with great views
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 5%
Technical Single Track: 5%
Easy Single Track: 30%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 60%
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
DoC car park at the end of Nook Road, off Hawea Back Road
Plenty of safe parking and a toilet too.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
The only tricky bit might be picking the right spot to leave the track for the final part of the ascent. If unsure you can always carry on up the farm track for another few hundred metres and pick up the marked route to approach the summit from the far side. This is easier (but less interesting) and adds about 1 km to the run.
Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
No totally safe drinking water on the route - I'd advise carrying all that you think you'll need, which in summer is probably a minimum of 1.5L
The top section is exposed and can be cold and windy at any time of year, so go prepared. In winter there can be deep snow, so gaiters and micro-spikes would be advisable.
Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather and only attempt the final ascent to the summit described above if you're reasonably confident on steep, broken ground. In poor visibility this option wouldn't be recommended unless you have good navigational skills.
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