Fringed Hill SluggerBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Nick Lane
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Out and Back
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
Beginner - Intermediate
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Follow Tantragee Road from either one of the car parks (in Brook Valley or Maitai Valley) to Tantragee Saddle, and at the top turn onto Fringed Hill Road, which continues uphill (you will see Nelson City Council signposts directing you).
The road climbs in up and around Groom Creek gully, and then around the northern aspect of Fringed Hill, before switching back westward for the final climb.
The average gradient of Fringed Hill Road is 11% and is reasonably consistent the whole way up. The hillside is covered in young pine trees which are low enough to allow amazing views north and west across Tasman Bay.
The road rounds the upper slopes of Groom Creek gully again, before reaching the top of the unnamed spur that forms the western side of the gully. The road forks here. To access the summit, turn left at the fork, (it is signposted) and continue up a couple more zig-zags.
The summit hosts transmission masts and associated buildings, and there is a trig and a couple of wooden benches to relax on after your climb.
Features of interest
Quite possibly the best view of Nelson from the Top!!!
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 2%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 98%
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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From Nelson township make your way to the Codgers Mountain bike hub/ Andrews Farm reserve Via Brook St.
Plenty of parking at the start along with public toilets and water.
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water at the start from the Mountain bike hub but none along the way or at the top.
Exposed at the top and can get cold very quick.
The road can be used by service vehicles.
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See other runs nearby:
Cable Bay - Glenduan
Hunters Hut Mission
Stu's Monaco Marathon
Hackett to Brook St via Rocks
Hackett - Rocks
Brook - Fringed Hill - 3rd House return
Dew Lakes Climb
Dun Mountain Loop
The Brook Fenceline
Maitai Cave Track
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Sharlands-Central Road Loop
Hidden Valleys of Waimārama