Long Gully LoopBeginner
Submitted by Jo Bailey
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Deep Gully Section of track closed for lambing 30th Sept - 4th Nov.
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This route is part of the Altitude Brewing Southern Lakes Collection
Make your way across the road from the DOC carpark and up the hill to the DOC track sign and split stile. Step over the stile to your left and make your way through the pine forest following the orange triangles. Once out of the forest turn left and follow the orange DOC poles. This is the only spot you may get lost as the matagouri has grown high and the first pole or two are hard to spot. After the first two poles the track follows the farm fence through brush and bracken fern.
Once you reach an open field turn right to follow the fence, past the bee boxes. Enjoy the sound of the creek nearby as the single track takes you onto a farm track which you follow up to Long Gully Conservation area. Step over the stile into the conservation area and follow the poles up the hill and then sidling around the hill to your right along a disused farm track. Over another stile and you are now on the Grandview Ridge Track.
Taking the righthand 4wd track follow this for approx 500m to a junction, to continue the loop take the righthand farm road (If you want to add a little extra vert and views you can go straight ahead up to the radio towers and then head back to the junction) and follow the signs taking you back to the pine forest where you started. Step over the stile to your left and run through the paddock beside the forest to the split stile where you began.
Features of interest
Gorgeous views across the Clutha Valley to Lake Hawea and Wanaka, as well as to Pisa and Cromwell. This run can be run either direction, although I prefer to run it anticlockwise so I can run down the farm tracks at the end.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 70%
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When travelling north from Cromwell after passing River Ridge Rd there is a signed DOC carpark on your left. Access to the trails is directly across the road up the steep little hill. You should be able to see the orange triangles and sign from the carpark entrance.
Coming from the north (Wanaka) the car park will be on your right.
DOC carpark directly across the road from the trailhead. Plenty of parking (I have only ever seen one other car parked there)
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After exiting the pine forest bare right to find the first pole, from here you turn slightly downhill - you will see a few trails through the brush - and head toward a farm fence, if you hit the fence follow it, keeping the fence on your lefthand side.
Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No water on the loop
Once up out of the gully it can be very windy and cold, at any time of year. The farm 4wd tracks can become very muddy and slippery after rain and frost.
This route passes through working farms. Be aware of farm vehicles and livestock
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