Mt. Crichton LoopBeginner
Submitted by James Harcombe
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslands
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From the car park, take the obvious walking track to the West. After a few hundred metres, at the T intersection, turn right. Follow the track down to the road, cross the road, and continue on to the bridge over the river. From here, you have the option of running the route clockwise or anti-clockwise. Anti-clockwise is most peoples preferred option, as the downhill part is more undulating and a little more interesting from a technical perspective. Either way, the track is obvious and well marked.
Features of interest
Track passes the old gold mining Hut of Sam Summers. Close to the hut you'll find old gold mine tailings, and an interesting channel cut through the rock. The DOC sign posts will explain all!
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 70%
Easy Single Track: 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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Mt.Creighton car park, which is just past the the 12 mile camping area on the Queenstown-Glenorchy Road.
Large safe car parking area, with a long drop toilet.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
The only point at which you could leave this track, is at the intersection with the Lake Dispute track. The DOC signs however are very clear at this point.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
There are a couple of points where it's possible to access the creek, however, the run is short, and the need for water low.
In winter, the descent after Sam Summers Hut (anti-clockwise direction) can be very icy.
There are some very steep drop offs along parts of the track. A trip or a fall could have serious consequences!
Post run indulgence
Vudu Cafe and Larder
Great coffee and pastries.
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