Blue Range HutIntermediate
Submitted by Tim Carpenter
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Back country - remote
Out and Back
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Classic Tararua run with steep sections of track, lots of tree roots, a bit of mud, gaining elevation along a ridge line. Technical track.
Enter the track at the sign, cross bridge, and turn R) at sign for Blue Range Hut.
Track continues on, once it starts to climb, this is continuous until the top with some steeper parts.
Take care of slippery tree roots.
At top of ridge, track splits to go Cow Creek Hut (LEFT) and Blue Range Hut (RIGHT), clearly sign posted, with short downhill to the Blue Range Hut.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 90%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
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Head north from Masterton around 10 minutes and turn L) onto Kiriwhakapapa Road (At Mikimiki School).
Continue on the road until the end, last half of road is gravel, narrow in places.
There is a DOC camp and picnic ground at the end of the road, with plenty of parking, covered area and toilets.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Is well signposted at junctions and has orange markers, trail relatively easy to follow if you are used to back country tracks
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water is available at hut, drink at own risk
Tararuas so weather can change in short time and be terrible at any time of year.
Track is softer when in wet season, but still negotiable, just take care on the tree roots and muddier sections
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