Karangahake GoldBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Mark Broadbent
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushRiversideOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
The crown track is currently closed due to rockfall. If you do it in reverse and go up the Scotsman track you can still get a shorter but decent loop in. To make up the distance head out to the rail tunnel and complete that loop to make up 17km.
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This route is part of the Zeenya People's Choice Collection
From the car park cross the bridge and follow the Crown Track. A torch would be useful as there is a tunnel roughly 100m long. After 3.5km turn right onto the Dubbo 96 track follow this for about 7km until you get to the Karangahake summit turn off. Take this and follow the single track for 1km to the summit for amazing views over the Coromandel and Waikato. Retrace your steps for 1 km and tun right onto the Karangahake Mountain Track for 5km downhill back to the carpark.
Features of interest
Gold mine workings information can be found at http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/waikato/karangahake-gorge-brochure.pdf
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 60%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 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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Karangahake Reserve car park off state highway 2.
Karangahake is about 130 km drive from Auckland, or 60 km from Hamilton. Toilets, rubbish bins and basic visitor information are available in the car park.
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Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Bring enough water to complete the whole route
Slippery / muddy after rain as some of the tracks are clay based
Tunnel on the Crown Track so bring a torch.
Post run indulgence
Coffee and cake
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