Submitted by Ben Wallbank
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
After parking up follow the signage, left to the Ridge Route. Follow the orange markers through what can only be described as a magical forgotten forest for just over 2km, and over 600m up! There is a discernable track that has been fairly well trodden, but it is certainly not groomed for easy running. Continue all the way until you break out of the dramatic native bush on to a rocky ridge-line. Caution here, there are no orange markers beyond the bush - pay attention to where you exit the bush from to find your way back safely. You can continue along the ridge for as long as your heart desires for spectacular views of Mt Haast opposite and the Victoria Forest Park.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 100%
Large DoC signposts on SH7 take you on a short 4WD track where you can park.
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
No water on the ridge route.
Good all year around track, but being West Coast take decent trail shoes/boots and I would recommend poles on this one too.
After you reach the bush line and head towards the rocky outcrops for photos, take note of your path. The route is only marked by orange arrows up to the bush line - beyond this is an unmarked route.
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