Around Ben LomondBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Matthew Pester
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushLakesideOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
Seasonal changes in terrain and also snowfall. No avalanche risk in usual years.
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Starting at the Sunshine bay bus stop, run up Fernhill Road and over the top back into Fernhill. Take a left at Wynyard Crescent and up to the first hard left turn.
From here you will see a dirt carpark on your right. You will see a very narrow overgrown single track at the end of this small car park. Head down it for 50m. It opens up to a gravel track on your left. Follow it over a bridge and up to the bike park, then go down to your right. Follow this track over another bridge until it gets to Thompson Street. Head down Thompson Street and hang a left on Lomond Crescent.
Up over the rise and on your right you will see a dirt road. This is the Skyline Access Road. Head up to the midway clearing. At the midway clearing head right following the Skyline access road (4wd track) until you see a sign in front/ to the left of you. Head up here (Ben Lomond Track) 97% of the way to Ben Lomond Saddle.
You will see a sign 300m before the seat at the saddle (note if you've gone too far) that says Moonlight Track to the right. Take this route up and over for around 4.5km down. Some is steep, some is narrow, some is boggy. All is epic for views! Jump the fence here and go left on the Moke Lake Farm Road (4wd road). In 8km time you reach Moke Lake and the campground (water refill if need be).
Follow the road for another 9km until you get to the Glenorchy Road. Go left back towards Queenstown for 3.7km. After you get to the top of a road hill go left back up Fernill (Sunshine Bay) Road to the bus stop in 0.5km. Rest, Eat, Beer!
Features of interest
All the views!
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 15%
Easy Single Track: 5%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 25%
Gravel Road: 15%
Sealed Road: 30%
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
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Start at the bus stop at the corner of Williams street, and Fernhill Road
Lots of residential parking
Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
22.5km in there is water available at the Moke Lake campsite
Ice and Snow. If unsure see DOC.
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Moonlighting to Sefferstown
Remarkables and Wye Creek
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Frankton to Morven Hill Return
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The Felic Relic
The Harcombe Round
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