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Alex to Clyde... And Back!, Otago

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Alex to Clyde... And Back!Beginner

Submitted by James Crockett

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


3:00 (Slow)
2:20 (Moderate)
1:40 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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!

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Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    From the Alexandra end, start at the car park sign posted 300 metres along Earnscleugh Road from SH8.

    Parking available, track map is clearly displayed.

    34 km

    25 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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!

  • Post run indulgence

    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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