Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Myra's Track plus a bit

Westport, West Coast

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate

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I've done it Done

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Grunt Factor: 18 ?

Gnarl Factor: 60 ?

8.5km

550m

550m

1052m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Riverside

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

40%
10%
40%
10%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.1%

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Estimated Times to Run

3:00

Slow

2:30

Moderate

1:30

Fast

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.

This trail includes the peak Mount William.

Views to die for on a good day, lots of mining historic artifacts on the second part of the trail.

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There is a reasonable amount of parking by the road just before the small bridge.

27 km

30 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

There are quite a few, especially in the wooded area near the top. Taking your time should keep you safe.

Very patchy.

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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Trail Reviews

Holy moly that was pretty epic for me at least. Great directions though and they were really needed. The orange triangles are indeed few and far between but did seem to show themselves just as I was getting nervous! I had to imagine the views as just at the wrong timing some cloud rolled in...I suppose I’ll have to drag myself up there again sometime!

Isobel Stout

February 14, 2021

Wow Myras is quite the grunt! Wonderful views at the top and a nice technical bit of tree root ballet back down. Nice to finish on the cruisy history tour at the bottom.. views forever on Mt Willsm.

Tony Sharpe

July 18, 2020

I did the Coalbrookdale part of this track. Fascinating glimpse into our history and what it would have been like in the coal-mining days in such volatile climate. You'll be running over the old wagon tracks which are quite overgrown so watch out for nails sticking out in places

Joe Benbow

February 26, 2020

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