Up The StonyIntermediate
Submitted by Chris Wheatley
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
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Start at the road end on the Puniho track. The trail follows the ridge next to the river and you stay on this up to the intersection with the Around the Mountain track. There used to be a track which takes you over into the stony river bed about half way up but this has been closed due to erosion of the river bank (I didn't get a chance to explore this bit). Once you get to the intersection the trail follows around the mountain and eventually into the Stony river bed. There are a few streams to cross including the Stony river and then the trail follows on towards Holly Hutt and Bells Falls. return via the same route.
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Features of interest
The trail takes you into the Stony river bed - a beautiful spot. Can also continue up to Bells Falls (I didn't quite make it there on this run as they are approximately 0.5km further on). This track has it all - mud, boulders, streams to cross and ladders to climb all mixed in with stunning views!
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 75%
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Start at the end of Puniho Rd.
Lots of parking on the grass at the road end
Follow the orange triangle markers
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Holly hutt has rain water. Not sure of the quality of drinking water from the streams
Be really careful if its raining due to the streams
The Stony river and the other surrounding streams are notorious for rising extremely quickly with rain on the mountain.
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Pouakai Hut and Tarns
Ninja Stealth Urban Trail
Holly Hutt Track
Mangorei to North Egmont
Meeting of the Waters
NP Urban Trail Run
Rain Forest Romp at Pukeiti
Taranaki RTM with a Twist