Nov 14 2010

Mount Watkin/Hikaroroa Open Day

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14/11/2010. Mount Watkin/Hikaroroa Open Day.

Six of us, Bev, Glenis, Ian, Keith, Ken, and Lesley were at the DCC Mt Watkin/Hikaroroa Scenic Reserve on the day – a Reserve noted for its preserved coastal forest in the gully and basalt boulder fields on the mountain slopes. Four of us had arrived early. You wouldn’t know it from the pic, but the wind was ferocious, and we sheltered in various places around the car while waiting for others to turn up.

Morning tea (Ken pic)

The GPS shows Ken’s route to the bottom of the track. A side route shown leads down to a Knoll in the valley side that Glenis, Ian, Keith and Ken explored later in the day. A little further up the main track, Bev and Lesley spent the day ‘personing’ the track entrance to the Boulder Fields (route not shown – see it on GPS pic for 8/11 below), to direct people where to go.

Mt Watkin. Full Track. Courtesy Ken’s GPS.

Down the main track, it was warm and sheltered from the wind. The following pic shows the vegetation preserved in the gully bottom, out of reach of the loggers of earlier days.

Looking up the track down by the stream. (Ken pic)

A good day. 88 turned up in all. Blustery in exposed areas, but not too cold. We felt lucky with the weather, considering the rather bleak forecast. Thanks to the DCC for purchasing and opening up the reserve for us today.- Ian
8/11/2010. Mount Watkin. Ken, Ian.

GPS of most of route, courtesy Ken.

Ken’s GPS map shows the gully south of Mount Watkin very clearly. It was from the bottom of the route than the following pics were taken.

Boulder Fields

As you can see from the next pic, there is the track we came along showing at the bottom. We climbed quite a bit up from it and bush-bashed into part of the boulder field. However, there is a bush-free clear entrance showing quite high up.

Close Up

Columnar basalt

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