Arrowtown GoldBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Mike Kerr
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Front country - easily accessible
Open tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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Can be run in either direction
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This route is part of the Altitude Brewing Southern Lakes Collection
Cross the bridge which is behind the toilet and turn left and head up the 4WD track keeping right, cross the irrigation pipe and follow the single track. At the bridge take the right hand trail marked Sawpit Gully, here you start the hill climb. At about 2.8km you will come out of the bush and reach an intersection, here you take a left. If you look straight up you will see Brow Peak, that’s where you’re headed. Head straight up, once you get to the ridgeline turn left and head up to Brow Peak. Enjoy the view and then turn around and enjoy a sensational piece ridgeline running down to the Big Hill Saddle. Then follow the trail up over Big Hill and down the Hayes Creek track down to the Arrow River. Follow the river for a short way keeping an eye out for an orange marker, here you climb a bank out of the river and onto Macetown Rd where you turn right and head back to Arrowtown.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 80%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Start at the Chinese Village which is at the end of Buckingham St.
There is plenty of parking at the Chinese Village
When you get to the Arrow River head downstream for a short period keeping an eye out for the orange marker. This is where you climb the bank up to the road.
Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There is no available water
In winter there will be snow and ice
Post run indulgence
Arrowtown Bakery for a pie.
Great burger, smashed potatoes and craft beer
Fork and Tap
A huge range of craft beers and good food.
Sponsor this trail
See other runs nearby:
Big Hill Circuit
Sawpit Gully - German Hill
Mt Rosa Loop
Queenstown Trail Anticlockwise
Bush Creek Banger
New Chums Loop
Brow Peak Mini Mission
Crown Peak Traverse
Glenroy Water Race Track
Mt Sale via Crown Peak and Mt Scott
Advance Peak (via Big Hill inbound and Macetown Road outbound)