Mt Robert LoopBeginner
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
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From the car park pick up the Pinchgut Track. This well made trail winds its way uphill through a series of zigzags to climb some 550m over just 3 kms. Initially it is all in bush but shortly before reaching Mt. Robert (a fairly indisticnct summit off the track to the left) it breaks into the open revealing stunning 360 deg views.
Just beyond Relax Shelter hang a left on to Paddys Track and follow this over a gentle downhill with stunning views, past the disused historic hut, through a small stand of beech forest, to the newer Bushline Hut.
Beyond the hut the trail has been gravelled and starts to drop quite steeply, eventually entering regenerating bush and crossing a couple of slips. There is one junction lower down where you bear left and follow the trail out to the gravel road. turn left again and finish with a short sharp uphill on the road to return to the car park.
Features of interest
Stunning mountain and lake views, historic hut.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 75%
Gravel Road: 5%
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 St. Arnaud head west on SH63 and after about 2k turn left on to a Mt. Robert Road (gravel). Follow this to its end, which is at the sizeable Mt. Robert car park
Plenty of parking, toilet, information board & map
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Well signposted but if the cloud is down keep a sharp eye out for the left turn on to Paddys Track.
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, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
The only water on the route is at Bushline Hut.
This is an alpine environment and conditions can be treacherous at any time of the year in bad weather. Expect snow in winter but don't be put off by it - this is a great route for those that go prepared with micro-spikes and/or snowshoes!
Be prepared for extreme weather at any time of year.
Post run indulgence
Great hospitality, great food and convivial atmosphere in their restaurant/bar
See other runs nearby:
Rotoiti Loop The Lake
Angelus Mega Loop
Blue Lake - clearest water on earth
Parachute Rocks and St Arnaud Ridge
St Arnaud Discovery Loops
Speargrass - Robert Ridge
Angelus East Ridge Circuit
St Arnaud Sampler
Ultra Tour du Nelson Lakes
Robert Ridge to Angelus Hut
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