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Around Ben Lomond, Otago

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Around Ben LomondBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Matthew Pester

Info Info

Trail Information

33.50km

1480m

1480m

 

Otago

Queenstown

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Very hilly

Native bush
Lakeside
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

6:30 (Novice)
4:30 (Intermediate)
3:25 (Elite)

-9.4%

+10.2%

Seasonal changes in terrain and also snowfall. No avalanche risk in usual years.

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Description

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!


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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%


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  • Access

    Start at the bus stop at the corner of Williams street, and Fernhill Road

    Lots of residential parking

    4 km

    7 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Patchy.

    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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