Hacket Chromite Mine LoopBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Stu Houston
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
Beginner - Intermediate
Track can be closed in Extreme Fire conditions - check DOC website if dry.
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This is a nice grunty little circuit you can do in the popular Hacket Valley and in summer there's nothing better than finishing off with a plunge into the large deep swimming hole beside the carpark.
Follow the Hacket Track along the old forestry road, which is a nice gentle run, cross the Hacket Swingbridge then keep going up the valley until you will come to a junction with the Chromite Track - this is the other end of the loop and whilst you could go up here its slightly easier to carry on up the Hacket Track to the Chromite Mine Track.
Once you've reached the turn off turn right onto the Chromite Mine track and it climbs quiet steeply in places passing old mine shafts before levelling out on to an old road that the Nelson Mountain Bike club has cleared to form a loop back down to the Hacket Track.
To add distance you can include a run to the Hacket Hut first and turn off on the way back to add in a bit more vert.
Features of interest
Follows old Cromite Mine trail past two mines. Riverside along Hacket Stream.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 20%
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
Hacket track Carpark on Aniseed Valley Road
Good size DOC carpark popular place in summer for walkers and picnics with large swimming hole beside carpark.
Take a map as it can be easy to accidentally bypass the first track Junction.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
The Hacket Track has plenty of streams for water. The Chromite has some too but not in drought conditions.
This valley gets very hot in summer and blinking cold in winter.
This is a popular valley and dogs and mountain biking are allowed so keep an ear and eye out.
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