Tiropahi TrailBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiversideOpen tussock/grasslands
Beginner - Intermediate
This is another track the DOC have abandoned (see Argyle Track), so there is minimal signage (in fact none for the first 4km)
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The first thing you do after about 100m is cross the river, so if you don't like running with wet shoes and socks then either take them off or take spares. Or, if you have a good 4WD you can drive over the river and start on the other side.
Head over the river and follow the 4WD track which soon narrows to single track. There are no side trails so just foillow the often overgrown trail, skirting around windfall. After about 4.5km you see the first signs that this was once a DOC trail, some arrows and a sign or two. A bit after that you come to the wetland. There is a poled route with sporadic poles, so work your way through... if you don't mind wet muddy feet you could zoom through here and have a bit of fun.
Eventually the trail spits you out onto an overgrown 4WD track. Turn right here and battle your way through the gorse to the clearing and then follow the 4WD track up the hill for about 1.5km. You will come to a whole lot of visible tree roots on the road and this is pretty much the high point of the road and your turnaround point.
(On the way back I turned into the wetland a bit earlier to avoid the gorse and traversed across to the poled route... it's up to you if you are confident enough to do this)
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 15%
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 25%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 25%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
About 8 km south of Charleston there is a sign for Tiropahi Track. The track in is a bit rugged - 4WD recommended in winter or when very wet. But it is only a few hundred metres so you could park on the highway.
If you drive in on the track there is a turning area and room for 5 or 6 cars.
At times the trail is hard to see, especially in the wetland. Stop, look around and if need be backtrack.
Waterproof leggings, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
The river is there most of the way.
I imagine the wetlands get fuller and wetter in winter.
Nothing major of note
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