Edwards River, Lake Guyon, Fowler Pass circuit

St James Conservation Area

  • 3 days loop track with a road section
  • Easy/medium

This circuit explores the southern portion of the St James Cycle Trail, explores the historic farm country around Lake Guyon and Stanley Vale, and skipping back to Tophouse Road over the rougher terrain of Fowler Pass.

Lake Guyon • By Matthew. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
3 days
16 hr 30 min
Distance
58.8km
Type
Loop track with a road section
Loop track with a road section
Grade
Easy/medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Edwards River Track car park, Tophouse Road, north of St James Homestead
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Ends
Fowlers Hut, Tophouse Road
Maps
NZTopo50-BT24
Altitude
610m – 1,289m
Altitude change 679m

This long circuit is dominated by cyclists on the first two days of the St James Cycle Trail. But the third day heads into rougher country where fewer cyclists venture. The circuit connects the river systems of the Waiau Uwha and Waiau Toa (Clarence). 

Subalpine herbs • By Matthew. Licence: C.

This route has track ends that are 11km apart along the Tophouse Road. Close the loop by stowing a bicycle at one end, by swapping cars, or by hitchhiking along the road (north in the morning or south in the evening).

Access

Take the road out of Hanmer Springs over Jacks Pass. Turn off at the Clarence River and take Tophouse Road. The road is dirt and suitable for regular vehicles. However, it may be corrugated, and slow going. The St James Cycle Trail starts at the St James Homestead, which is nearby. The Edwards River car park is a little farther along, while Fowlers Hut is farther still, and obvious from the road. 

The route

The track sections are described separately:

Connecting sections

Map
ID 16791

About this track

Added 10 January 2019 by MatthewMatthew. 1 revision 10 January 2019 by MatthewMatthew.
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