Pinchgut Hut via Mount Thomas summit, Forrestdale Road, and Whare Stream

  • 2 days
  • Loop track
  • Medium

A circuit route following the original track that goes to Pinchgut Hut from the Forestry block on the north face of Mt Thomas.

Pinchgut Hut • By Matthew.
Key information
Time
7 hr – 10 hr
Allow
2 days
Distance
11.0km
Type
Loop track
Loop track
Grade
Medium
Parts of this route are not maintained by DOC. Track may be overgrown in places. Serious infestation of wasps in late summer and all of autumn. Grades explained
Access
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Starts
Mount Thomas car park, Hayland Road, west of Loburn
Distance from you: ()
Other
Altitude
360m – 1,020m
Altitude change 660m
Maps
NZTopo50-BW23

See Mount Thomas for information about routes onto Mount Thomas. From the summit, follow Forrestdale Rd, which deteriorates into a recently felled muddy hillside with bulldozed tracks. A signposted  foot track begins just on the left side of the terminus at point E2457471 N5784279 (see "coordinates" for alternative formats).

Follow this foot track down to Gorge Stream. The track has had some snipping and goes in a fairly direct line through gorse we have recently cleared. From here on, the track gets quite pretty and in good order. It climbs up to the next spur and drops down to Whare Stream.  Across the stream the start of the track has been wiped out by a grey mudslide but Frank has marked the start with cruise tape. Please take some secateurs, slasher, loppers whatever to keep it open where it starts.

Pinchgut Hut • Standard Hut (DOC). Capacity: 9.

You can return via the track to Wooded Gully as described in Wooded Gully - Pinchgut Hut. It's quite nice too.

Map 
ID 2676

About this track

Added 19 February 2008 by HonoraHonora. 5 revisions, most recently 5 October 2014 by HonoraHonora.
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