Mt Misery bike ride and walk to Kahikatea Lodge trip report.

Six of us left Reid Road at 8.30ish. All on ebikes it didn’t take too long to get up Southridge and Middleridge Roads and a small deviation to the Mt Misery Rd car park showed that no one else was joining us that day. It’s an awesome ride going up through the Glencoe Run, with huge views wherever you look. About 10 saw us all at the end of the road car park past the Red Hut ready to start our walk. Just then a chopper came around the hill and landed right there in the paddock, discharging a hunter with dog, gear and meat. This being the first weekend of the roar, we were advised to walk in our hiviz to avoid being mistaken for game, good advice which we took. The track into the lodge is fairly newly cut and has flagging tape as markers but is not bad for a new track. It goes along  a ridge and after a while plunges fairly steeply down to a creek. Roaring stags were heard throughout this decent maybe they were animals, maybe not. On the other side of the creek, there is a grassy steep slope leading all the way up to the saddle where the Kahikatea Lodge is situated. Nice hut, nice location, very nice toilet, great views. Its nearly finished with just the kitchen bench and log burner left to do inside and a covered veranda outside. It was unoccupied unexpectedly and had had no-one there for a couple of weeks according to the hut book. We had lunch here before returning the same way. A bit more of a grunt going back with more elevation to gain but we got there to be re joined by one member who had returned much earlier. The ride back to Reid Road was mostly down hill in cloudy cool conditions, but with enough time to take some of the bike track options on offer through the Herbert Forest, a very enjoyable option for those who don’t like the forest roads.

This was a most enjoyable day out close to home, a great option in these days of covid.

Many thanks to Jane and Graeme, Julia and Bob and John for joining me, Robbie