Myra's Track plus a bitIntermediate
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiversideOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Myra's Trail is pretty well formed and easy to follow at first, although quite slushy in places underfoot, even in summer. There is one gravel road crossing early on, look for the big rock with the blue stripe on it over the road and the trail continues behind that.
Before too long (it's not a long trail), you will start to climb and it gets steep quickly. You will climb 430m vertical in the next 2km. The orange triangles can be few and far between, so you need to concentrate on the trail which is usually pretty evident. The exception to this is at the top of Mt William, there is a winding section through the trees near the summit that can be hard to pick, so take your time. Then when you pop out on the open top area there is no marked trail, just a few semi-worn ones.
You need to make your way towards the trig by circling around to the right. Once there you can enjoy the views, the awesome rock formations and the views some more. When you are ready to head down, the way back into the bush is not immediately obvious... look for the small stone cairn on a bigger rock and behind that you will see the large orange triangle. Again you may have difficulty navigating through the trees on top, so take your time and retrace your way down the hill. Once back where you started, head over the road onto Coalbrookdale Track and cruise down the old cable railway track. You can go through the tunnel, or if it is a bog you can bypass it around to the right. Carry onto the large Fan Building, have a look around. Then head back, this time running on the other side of the stream to your car.
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Features of interest
Views to die for on a good day, lots of mining historic artifacts on the second part of the trail.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 10%
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 40%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Find your way to Denniston just north of Westport, once you get up on the plateau, head straight ahead onto Burnetts Face Road.... follow this until you see a sharp right hand turn into a road with a 'Walking Trails' sign on the corner. Head down a bit and you will see a DOC Trail sign on the right for Coalbrookdale Track and a much less obvious one over the road (non-DOC) for Myra's Track.
There is a reasonable amount of parking by the road just before the small bridge.
There are quite a few, especially in the wooded area near the top. Taking your time should keep you safe.
Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
None - take your own
Quite boggy in winter and Mt William gets snow.
Very steep in places with dropoffs to the side.
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