Old Ghost Road - Stern Valley to SeddonvilleBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Back country - remote
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiversideLakesideOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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The day starts with a short run along the river and then the major climb of the day starts through the Boneyard, it's all MTB trail so if you are up to it then you can easily run. Once up to the saddle it is lovely downhill running to the sign for Goat Creek Hut... this is a bit off the trail and involved a stream crossing and wet feet so I didn't go the whole way there. Another 8km of nice trail will get you to Mokihinui Forks Hut, but I hung on for another 3km to Specimen Point Hut to stop for a rest and a nice long leisurely lunch. Then it was time to take tired legs and hit the last 17km of trail along the Mokihinui River to Seddonville. This section is undulating and just near the end when you are really tired there is a 'lovely' little climb to the top of County Hill... so lovely that someone had taped out the 'o' on the sign.
Features of interest
Great views early on from 'The Boneyard', and the saddle and some fantastic river views.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 15%
Moderate Single Track: 35%
Easy Single Track: 48%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 2%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
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
Since you will have spent the night there you should have no problems!
Near the end there is a trail off to the right to a swing bridge... stay on the road until you see the sign telling you to turn.
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, 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, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
Ice and snow in winter although they limit access in dangerous conditions.
Watch your footing through the Boneyard.
Post run indulgence
Main Rd Seddonville
Great burger and chips.... and a beer!!!
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