Omarama Saddle (Broken Hut Road Entry)Beginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Renee Ferguson
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Front country - easily accessible
Open farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
This trail is open year round but I would recommend not running when there is snow, it piles up quickly!
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Easy to follow, this was mapped heading right from the carpark and along the 4wd track, many stream crossings (most could jump without getting wet). It follows the valley before the climb up towards Top Hut. At Omarama saddle turn left on Saddle Ridge Track and climb to the main ridge. Follow the track along the ridge in a NE direction. Beautiful views along the top. Again at the DOC sign turn left down the hill to the carpark. A lot of climbing but never really really steep. I mapped this with a lot of snow on the ground so very slow time - I would expect much quicker on dry ground.
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Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 80%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Turn onto Broken Hut Road (about 1km south of Omarama) follow through for about 15km - it does change to gravel so take care. The road dead ends at the carpark which is marked with DOC signs
Plenty of parking - it is a bit remote
There are a few farm roads that come off this - the rule is to remember to just keep going up until you find the doc sign (about 9.5km from the start) and when going over the saddle you are mostly following the fenceline, so dont stray too far from this - use the most obvious farm track
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Gaiters.
Plenty of streams - not sure of the quality but all looked crystal clear and not much sign of stock further up so I would drink from them if necessary
Heavy snow in winter - can get very cold up the top, compulsory gear is a must
A few spaniards (spear grass), and as always be aware of stock
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