Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Alex to Clyde... And Back!

Alexandra, Otago

Submitted by James Crockett

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 20

Gnarl Factor: 11








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.7%


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This is a very straight forward run, starting at the carpark on Earnscleugh Road, head west along the trail, and always stick to the river, the track is well signed and there are km markers along the way. It undulates the entire way through to the Clyde Bridge at the other end and offers many stunning views of the river, especially on a frosty winter morning which was when I ran it - and would highly recommend anyone to run at this time!

There are a couple of options here, you could do the out and back as I have (24km), or get someone to meet you in Clyde for a coffee if you only fancy the 12km.

The trail runs alongside the river through the historic Earnscleugh Tailings. During the 1900's this area was extensively dredged and tons of gold was removed from the area.

There are many mining relics remaining along the trail to admire!

Parking available, track map is clearly displayed.

34 km

25 minutes




Generally good.

Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone.

Carry your own water with you,

Could get muddy in heavy rain.

Watch for river levels during high rain, and falling branches in high winds!

The Courthouse Cafe
8 Centennial Ave, Alexandra
Great food, great coffee!!! a wee drive/recovery walk from the trail-head but totally worth it!

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Rudolf Plucinsky

has completed Alex to Clyde... And Back! twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Nice easy trail, but the scenery is much the same from any part of the trail. Good training run.

George Elder

May 6, 2020

Just did one-way Clyde to Alex. A nice relaxing run with plenty of cover and enough variation to keep it interesting.

Alex Garden

March 11, 2020

A relaxing and scenic run alongside the river. Nice and shaded for those hot Central days. Well worth ticking off even if you're just passing through. Easily accessible from "downtown" Alexandra.

Simon Clendon

May 26, 2018

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