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Third House to Coppermine Saddle

Ride Length
6.3 km
Riding Time
30-60 minutes
3: Intermediate

From Third House, the trail continues through native beech forest as the gradient eases to Junction Saddle. Don't get too comfortable as there is still a solid 5 km of climbing to the top. Eventually the trail leaves the forest in favour of the stunted scrub cover of Nelson’s Mineral Belt. As the vegetation diminishes, the views open up to Tasman Bay and the Richmond Ranges. At Windy Point, the trail continues to traverse Wooded Peak for a couple of kilometres before reaching the trail’s highpoint, Coppermine Saddle (878m above sea level). Panoramic views and the rugged beauty of this environment make it a great spot to stop for lunch.