ElevationAscent: 8,193' 2,497 m
Descent: -7,784' -2,373 m
High: 5,407' 1,648 m
Low: 2,302' 702 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 72% (36°)
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“A tour of Umukarikari, Waipakihi, and the Middle Range; this is possibly the best hiking in the Kaimanawas.”— Kerry Suter
The marked trail will form between Thunderbolt and Motutere and can be followed off the ridge down the Thunderbolt Track to the Waipakihi River. Cross the Waipakihi and follow it downstream on the true right for a little over 1km before picking up the trail and continuing up to Urchin. Ascend to Urchin then enjoy the last alpine section of the day before dropping gradually back to the Urchin car park. About 5km of gravel road between start and finish can be hike to close this loop for a total 43km outing, or you can leave a second car at the Urchin car park to shuttle you back to the start.
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Land Manager: Department of Conservation