Bush Creek Banger and The Steiger!Beginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Adam Carlson
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslands
Beginner - Intermediate
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This route is part of the Not The WILD Festival
This out & back run covers a delightful section of The WILD 20 mile course with a ‘peak’ named by local paragliders thrown in just for fun (and for great views!)
Most suitable for:
Beginner to Intermediate level runners.
Peaks to be bagged:
The Steiger (a local’s name only) 850m
Easy. The main Bush Creek Track is now part of the Coronet Loop Track – a dual use MTB/walking track. If you keep a sharp eye out you’ll see a couple of ‘pedestrian only’ sections of the original track that cut out the zig zags that were put in for the mountain bikers.
Features of interest
The trail runs through old gold mining area (like most in Otago). The forest sections are excellent, the tussocks are like alpine meadows. The view at the top is more than satisfactory.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 50%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Start at the Miners Village carpark or anywhere in Arrowtown.
Plenty of free, all day parking in Arrowtown by the river.
Follow the signage (Sawpit Gully) across the footbridge from the Chinese Village toilets. It doesn't matter which of the dirt road tracks you take on the way up, they all lead to the same place. Cross the water pipe (more signage) and enter the woods. At the next footbridge make sure you turn left, drop down a few meters and from there you can't go wrong. The saddle is the best turn around, the mountain bike trail beyond there doesn't currently make for nice running.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
You will follow a creek (funnily enough) the whole way, but there are goats, sheep etc so it may not be too good.
Water at the Chinese Village toilets is good.
In the winter the valley gets very little sun, the forested section can get icy. The top occasionally will have snow. There are no winter trail markers, so under heavy snow the trail may be hard to find.
There is a chance of cold wet feet in Spring. In the middle of summer it can get pretty hot, take water and sunscreen.
Post run indulgence
Patagonia Chocolate and Cafe
Good coffee, icecream and chocolate
The Fork and Tap
Far end of Ramshaw lane
Craft Beer in the warm beer garden, good hot chips, good food. Sandpit for to keep the kids busy.
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See other runs nearby:
Big Hill Circuit
Sawpit Gully - German Hill
Mt Rosa Loop
Queenstown Trail Anticlockwise
New Chums Loop
Brow Peak Mini Mission
Crown Peak Traverse
Lake Hayes Circuit
Coal Crown Arrowtown
Glenroy Water Race Track
Mt Sale via Crown Peak and Mt Scott
Advance Peak (via Big Hill inbound and Macetown Road outbound)
The Not WILD 50 Mile Course
The Not WILD 20 Mile Course
All The New Chums
Brow Peak and Big Hill
Mt Soho Marathon
Cardrona to Arrowtown
Fast and Flat in Arrowtown
Crown Peak and Mt Sale
The Beast of Beetham