Woolshed Creek Hut Circuit, Mt Somers area, Canterbury NZ
Excellent gorge scenery and grand mountain vistas await you on this moderate walk to Woolshed Creek Hut on the western side of Mt Somers.
With severe gale force winds forecast for the mountains on a sunny Saturday in late winter I thought it best we avoid exposed ground, and opted instead for this circuit walk to Woolshed Creek Hut near Mt Somers. Being at lower elevations I did not expect so much from the walk, but it very much exceeded expectations. We did the loop anti-clockwise and climbed up to 1100m on the Rhyolite Ridge and Bus Stop Tracks, with excellent views towards the distant but spectacular Arrowsmith Range, and also of the nearby Winterslow Range. Once near the hut there were narrow and rugged gorges with waterfalls and bluffs aplenty. Great stuff.
All the tracks are obvious and marked. We walked the circuit anti-clockwise but I’d say walking it clockwise would be nice too. The outward leg of Rhyolite Ridge Track and Bus Stop Track (the track that links the Mt Somers Track with the Mount Somers South Face Track), is considered a bit harder than the return leg on the Miners Track. Neither are difficult for regular walkers; about 9-10km all up. There’s more information on these and the multi-day Mount Somers circuit on the DOC website.