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Bush Creek Banger, Otago

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Bush Creek BangerBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Adam Carlson

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Trail Information

12.60km

490m

490m

 

Otago

Arrowtown

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Riverside
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

1:40 (Slow)
1:15 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)

-9.9%

+10.2%

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Description

Starting by the toilets at the Chinese Village carpark trot over the little footbridge and turn left up the dirt road. Follow the signs leading to Sawpit Gully and Bush Creek. At the next bridge turn left (signed) and follow the trail beside the creek. There are some decent hills, short and sharp. If you decide to stop running and hike them you won't be the first or the last to do so!
There are quite a few creek crossings, but if you are careful you can almost keep your feet dry, if it's summer you might quite like them wet.
The trail takes you to a saddle with a natural turn around point. The view is exceptional. Turn around and enjoy the flowing easy downhill all the way back to the village.
Be aware, this is a dual use trail and it is a fantastic mountain bike ride also. It's great to see runners, walkers and bikers sharing such a great trail.


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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%


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  • Access

    Start at the Miners Village carpark or anywhere in Arrowtown.

    Plenty of free, all day parking in Arrowtown by the river.

    1 km

    3 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

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    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.

    Patchy.

    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
    Ramshaw Lane
    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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