Ben Lomond from One MileBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by James Harcombe
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
Sept 2020: The One Mile Creek access is open again, with track improvements that make it easier to follow!
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From the car park, head uphill towards the restored power station. When you reach the station, head right along the obvious, sign posted, walking track. After about 5 to 10 mins, you will join a wide walking track. At this point turn left, then almost immediately right following the sign to Ben Lomond. After climbing through native bush, you will enter pine forest, then come out at the Midway Clearance (there is a water tap here, and usually plenty of MTB'S). Head for the main 4WD track and head up about 50m's, before turning off to the left along the path marked Ben Lomond. From here the route is marked, and obvious, to the top. Return is by the same route.
Features of interest
Track starts at the site of Queenstown's original power station (plenty of information boards!), and follows the pipeline from the original dam.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 50%
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
Pump house car park off Fernhill Roundabout. Take the Nouthern exit (gravel road) from the roundabout.
Start is within walking distance of central Queenstown. Plenty of car park space at the pump house, or at the car park next to the roundabout.
Early on in the climb, after taking the right turn off the wide footpath, the path traverses next to a pipe for a while, before coming to a junction. Be sure to turn right, as the more obvious path leads down to the creek and is more difficult to rejoin the route.
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
Plenty low down as far as the midway clearance. Non existent after this point.
Snow and ice can make the upper section extremely dangerous during the winter.
Snow and ice in the Winter!
- Post run indulgence
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See other runs nearby:
Mt. Crichton Loop
The Queens Drive and Wye Dome.
Mt Dewar Devil Creek Loop
Jacks Point to Queenstown Trail
One Mile - Gondola Scenic Route
Moonlighting to Sefferstown
Remarkables and Wye Creek
Lake Hayes Circuit
Queenstown Hill (Te Tapu-nui)
Moke Lake from Mt.Crichton
Moonlighting around Bowen Peak
Frankton to Morven Hill Return
Mount Aurum - Skippers
Around Ben Lomond
The Felic Relic
The Harcombe Round
Ben Lomond via Tiki Trail
Lake Johnston Ferry Hill Loop