Woolshed Creek

By Mick Tarry

NEARBY TOWN/CITY:  Ashburton, Christchurch

DISTANCE FROM TOWN CENTRE: 80-90 mins from Christchurch

EXACT LOCATION:  DOC car park at the end of Jig Road. From Mt. Somers township follow the road for 9km up the Ashburton Gorge Rd (towards Lake Clearwater and Lake Heron) to Jig Rd on the right It’s 4km up Jig Rd to the car park.

TOTAL ROUTE DISTANCE: 17km return

TIME TO RUN: 2hrs (Elite) – 4hrs (Novice)

TOTAL ASCENT: approx 870m. TOTAL DESCENT approx 870m

TYPE OF TRAIL RUN:  Out and back

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS: Mostly single track, some 4WD.

FEATURES OF INTEREST: Old coalmine workings, black beech forest, water caves, Woolshed Creek gorge. Stunning views to Mt Arrowsmith range. Possibly one of the most varied short trips it is possible to do in NZ

ONLINE REFERENCE: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/71249243

 BEST MAP/S: K36 Methven

RUN IT:  Start at DOC car-park . Follow trail , which is the line of the old tramway for 1 km followed by steep climb to the mine-workings. Have a look at the remains there – a real tribute to the local historical preservation society.  From there follow the edge of the forest as you climb to the 4WD track which climbs gently to a low ridge which you then cross to descend to Woolshed Creek Hut. From there follow the zig-zag up to another small ridge then drop down again to the south branch of Woolshed Creek  From there it climbs steadily past the water caves ( worth a 5min detour). After 7km it levels out to the saddle with the Bowyers Stream which flows to Stavely. Return the same way.

POST RUN GOODNESS: Mt Somers Store for an Ice cream and a look at all the memorabilia on show

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One Response to Woolshed Creek

  1. Judy Varnell says:

    I would love to do that.

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