Lake Dive CircuitIntermediate
Submitted by Malcolm Law
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsVolcanic
This route is part of the Scott Gnarly Collection
From the car park take the Fanthams Peak Track. It soon starts heading uphill and before long you'll turn left off it, following the signpost to Lake Dive Hut.
The going is about to get rough and a sign early on warns that "sections of this track may be eroded. Expect steep & slippery terrain in places. Navigation may be difficult"... they're not kidding! It's an adventure as you follow what's left of the track, cutting across the grain of the land in and out of creek beds, but it's fun just so long as you're not in a big hurry.
Eventually you'll reach Lake Dive Hut and from there start heading uphill in a relentless climb that will bring you to the high level round-the-mountain track. Turn right. You're now in open tussock country, following rough trail on a poled route. Staying on track in low visibility requires care. After some 1.5k you'll reach another junction with Fanthams Peak Track - turn right and head downhill on a long series of boardwalk/steps. This is a great downhill run all the way back to the car park.
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Features of interest
A classic circuit that takes in beautiful native forest, open tussock lands on the flanks of the mighty Taranaki and the challengingly steep terrain that links them together.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 10%
Technical Single Track: 65%
Moderate Single Track: 15%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Dawson Falls Visitor Centre, Mt Egmont National Park
Dawson Falls is well signposted from Stratford
Well signposted, but the high, open section requires careful route-finding in bad weather as the poles marking the route are quite well spaced.
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, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
Plenty of stream water available most of the year round and tank water available at Dive Lake Hut
Can be very muddy after rain and snow/ice commonplace through late autumn - winter - early spring
Taranaki is a killer and even on the lower slopes it can be treacherous in bad weather. Always go prepared with lots of spare gear!
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