Ladbrooks Hill Track from Ashley Gorge

  • 30 min – 2 hr return by the same track
  • Easy
  • Bookings required

500m developed track to take you to the tops in the Mt Thomas forest and possible further circuits.

Key information
Walking time
30 min – 2 hr
Distance
2.0km
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Easy
A bit scratchy briefly at the start in gorse and a bit of shoving through an overgrown manuka track is required but only for a couple of minutes. Grades explained
Bookings
Bookings required
Required
Landowner permission is now required to access the start of this track. It is on private land. Phone Tim on 0292359909
Find it
Starts
On road into Lees Valley after Middle Bridge on the north side of the Ashley River. There are 2 pylons from different lines that are linked to each other for about 100m. There is space for parking your car here.
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Ends
Summit of Ladbrook Hill.
Maps
NZTopo50-BW22
Altitude
500m – 1,030m
Altitude change 530m

Drive to where a spur comes down to the road. At the toe of this spur where it is intersected by the road, there is a small pylon. Also here is a short 4WD track blocked with a barbed wire gate that leads to another pylon up on a small rise just to the west of the toe of this spur. After scrambling up the brittle stony bank, take the obvious route to the higher pylon in short gorse. You'll see the track continues up the spur through chest-high manuka and the occasional clearing. It gets very easy and open once it gets to the beech forest.

There are occasional white permolat markers stapled to the trees. This may be why there are very few on this track as the staples would soon pop off as the trees continue to grow.

The track has pretty much been developed just by the passage of humans and other animals on it. There is a bit of cutting visible, mainly on windfalls that have blocked the track in the forest. It is currently in good order but if some kind soul could do a bit of cutting in the lower section of manuka and gorse, it would make the start more pleasant. However perhaps it is meant to be a hidden track at the start, so beloved of hunters.

This track isn't done regularly by the tramping clubs though the Over 40's have done it. It's a nice, mainly easy gradient culminating in an open scenic north-facing summit in the sun. This gives you a viewpoint of Lees Valley, Mt Richardson, and Mt Thomas in the distance from an unusual angle. There is evidence of camping on the summit on flat soft beech leaves with a fire ring.

Make sure you seek permission from the landowner to access private property at the start of this track. You can also go back down the road a bit and go up through the Conservation Reserve - a much tougher route.

 

Map
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ID 10311

About this track

Added 22 June 2014 by HonoraHonora. 4 revisions, most recently 11 May 2019 by GeoffCGeoffC.
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