Submitted by Tania Gardner
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
Well marked DOC course. There are a couple of places where the track veers off, just make sure you look for the markers and follow these. Due to slips a couple of spots along the trail are narrow, there are 'Danger" signs approaching these areas so you are aware of them. One short hill climb that is quite steep, lots of pines here to hold on to and roots to place feet on in need. Be aware of wasps up nearer the hut, lots of them on the beech trees.
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Features of interest
There is a waterfall you can veer off to: Whispering Falls. Great views of the river along the run. Some good birdlife in the area. Heard a kea calling and had a robin come and sit with us when resting while out on the trail
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 2%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 76%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 2%
11km up Aniseed Valley Rd to carpark for start of Hackett trail. It is well signposted.
Parking is close to start of trail. Good amount of parking available
There are a couple of part of the track that have been redone due to slips. Just be aware to look for markers and you will be fine.
Waterproof leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Gaiters.
There are places you can get down to the river to drink from. I would suggest taking own in with you.
Could be very muddy after rain in some places, no river crossing to the hut so won't affect this. Grass can get high during spring/summer so if get hayfever, take your meds with you. Wasps!!!!! Lots of them.
Some rocky areas on trail that will have to watch foot placement so don't roll ankle.
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