Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Arthur & Gordons

Richmond, Tasman

Submitted by Mal Law

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 56 ?

Gnarl Factor: 63 ?

25.0km

1360m

1360m

1795m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Loop

Mountainous

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

30%
20%
30%
20%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.1%

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Estimated Times to Run

8:00

Slow

6:00

Moderate

4:00

Fast

A classic circuit in eastern Kahurangi National Park, taking in two summits - Mt. Arthur and Gordons Pyramid.
From Flora car park follow the track to Flora Saddle where a well-graded track turns left and follows the ridge towards Mt Arthur, winding through beech forest and groves of candelabra-like mountain neinei (Dracophyllum or 'Dr Zeuss plant!) Mt Arthur Hut is just on the tree line.
Beyond here you are on open ridges, some parts of which have a lot of loose rock on. The views are superb and from the summit on a clear day it's possible to see Mt. Taranaki!
Start retracing your steps downhill and about 2k later (at around 1500m altitude) hang a left to follow the poled route to Gordons Pyramid. There's an obvious enough trail, quite technical in places and a final steep grunt to your second summit of the day.
Head NE off the summit of Gordons followed the poled route towards Cloustons Mine, which you'll come across shortly after re-entering the bush.
The trail continues gently downhill to join the trail alongside Flora Stream. Most of your final 5k are a gentle uphill, runnable if you have the energy. Along the way you pass historic Flora Hut, which is well worth a nosey.

This trail includes the peaks Gordons Pyramid and Mount Arthur.

The awesome groves of dracophyllum that you pass through on the way to Mt Arthur Hut & the sensational views from both summits.
Historic Cloustons Mine on the descent from Gordons Pyramid

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Plenty of parking, toilet and information board/shelter at the DoC car park

61 km

65 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Finding the way is easy enough in good weather but with poor visibility you will need to remain alert on the tops. Take care not to miss the poled route that leads off to your left on the way down from Mt. Arthur towards Gordons Pyramid.

Patchy.

Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, 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 bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)

Available at Mt Arthur Hut, Gridiron Creek (just below Cloustons Mine) and Flora Stream. You're a fair while on the tops without any water so make sure you leave Mt Arthur hut with plenty.

This is a great winter route for those with the experience to handle it - be aware of avalanche risk, particularly towards the summit. For others it's best to treat as a summer-only route.

Care is required around the many bluffs, sinkholes and caves.

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Trail Reviews

Amazing terrain and you get to enjoy the soft consistent downhill trail run from Cloustons mine to the Flora track- before the sting in the tail :-)

Mike McManaway

March 25, 2022

Fantastic views, particularly from the summit of Mt Arthur but quite technical in places. I would suggest running it the other way around as the final 5km uphill was hard work on tired legs, whereas the route straight down from Mt Arthur would have been a great downhill to finish on.

Grace Dowling

June 1, 2020

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