Wanaka LRMI (Lake, River, Mt. Iron)Beginner
Submitted by Malcolm Law
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From the information centre keep the lake on your left and follow the path around the corner of the lake alongside Lakeside Road. After a few hundred metres veer left into the marina and pick up the Outlet Track at the end of this. Follow around Eely Point on sealed & gravel road to Bremner Bay where it becomes easy gravelled single track again.
At Beacon Point the trail widens to 4WD track that you follow all the way to the Outlet campground and the start of the mighty Clutha River. The next few kms are delightful riverside running on easy single track through largely kanuka forest. You'll run through an open area with car parking and sticking close to the river eventually come to the Albert Town road bridge. Just before you get to the bridge head right up the bank and follow the trail along the side of the Albert Town Tavern to Alison Avenue.
You are now about to run the first few kms of the UltraEasy 100k course. From the Tavern cross the road and run up Frye Crescent. This winds around the residential area going straight through a couple of 4-way junctions before becoming Quail Street. At the end of Quail St. turn left and cross the road to pick up the gravel track on the far side. Follow this along and up an embankment to reach Aubrey Road, where the trail crosses straight over.
This spits you out on to Ewing Place. Turn left and next right on to Old Racecourse Rd. In a couple of hundred metres you'll leave the pavement following the gravel trail on your right that takes you to the very base of Mt. Iron. Turn left and run under the impressive cliffs for a few hundred metres before turning right at the next junction (signposted Mt Iron Loop Track)
You will now climb steadily up the southern side of Mt. Iron and eventually break out on to the summit to drink in the awe-inspiring 360 views. When you've taken a few dozen photos follow the obvious trail off the hill to the north and descend, crossing a couple of stiles to almost the bottom of the hill. Here's there's another stile on your left - cross this and follow the trail down the last easy descent to the main road. Turn right and follow this down into town to complete your loop.
Features of interest
Lovely lakeside & riverside running plus spectacular 360 views from the top of Mt. Iron
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 60%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Gravel Road: 5%
Sealed Road: 15%
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Next to the 'log cabin' Information Centre on the lake waterfront, Wanaka
Park wherever you can find a space nearby. There is plenty of parking but also plenty of tourists competing for it!
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Well signposted, hard to get lost!
Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.
Carry your own
This is hard-packed trail that doesn't generally get too muddy, but it can get icy in winter particularly on the southern side of Mt Iron.
The Outlet Track is also used by lots of mountain bikers so keep an eye out for them. Run on the left as they are supposed to pass on your right.
Post run indulgence
Kai Whaka Pai
Cnr Ardmore St & Helwick Street
Classic Wanaka hangout with great outdoor pavement seating area and a good selection of craft beers as well as food including pizza.
Ardmore Street, Wanaka
Good food and coffee and a good selection of beers.
Sponsor this trail
See other runs nearby:
Motatapu River Track
Rock Peak Track
Deans Bank Loop
Minaret Burn Track (short)
Wanaka Skyline Trail
Fern Burn Hut
Upper Clutha River Loop
Rob Roy Glacier Track
Motatapu Track - Full Monty
Rock of Ages
Run Rabbit Run
Luggate to Albert Town
Cardrona to Meg Hut
Jack Hall's Saddle
Little Criffel from the Larches
Mt Iron Loop
Boundary Creek Track
Long Gully Loop
Hawea River Track
High on Hikuwai
French Ridge hut
Little Criffle A to B
Lindis Peak Track
Mt Pisa via Kirtle Burn Track
Butterfields Wetlands Loop
Matukituki Cascade Saddle Dart Epic