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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
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From the Flora carpark, go towards the four wheel drive track leading to Flora hut. Just by the gate you will notice a sign on the right pointing up towards a track saying Lodestone. Follow this track as it initially steeply climbs up through some rooty forest. It then flattens, goes across a wee ridge with a lookout point at the end.
Then descend a little bit before beginning to ascend again. The ascent gets steep towards the end with views out over the steep drop to the right. Can be windy at times. After what feels like a solid effort you will arrive above the bushline and traverse the ridge to the highest point. Take a moment to enjoy the 360 degree views.
From here you can either go back the way you came or continue towards the Flora Hut. Follow the track markers down a steep rocky section to the bushline and continue down the hill following the orange markers on the trees. Eventually you will arrive at a little stream. Cross this and you will come out at Flora Hut. From Flora Hut turn left and follow the 4wd drive track along the river up to the saddle and then down to the carpark.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 60%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
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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The last 10km of access road into the Mount Arthur area (Graham Valley Road) is steep gravel, narrow and prone to corrugations and slips – check any alerts for road status. During the winter months a 4WD vehicle is recommended to access Flora carpark. Chains may be needed if snow and ice are present.
Parking at Flora Carpark. Can be very busy in the summer months.
Forest has some distance between markers occasionally but overall easy navigation.
Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Only really from the hut or the stream just before the hut.
Can be exposed or windy on the top.
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