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Crown Peak and Mt Sale, Otago

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Crown Peak and Mt SaleIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Rob Bathgate

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



Please notify The Not WILD team by email at mal@thewild100.co.nz if you intend to run this route and they will sort permissions for you. Tell them the day you intend to run and the names of any others in your party.

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Most suitable for:
Fit mountain goats who are confident on steep technical (off-track) downhill descents

Peaks to be bagged:
Crown Peak (1735m) and Mt Sale (1708m)

Mostly straightforward, though the descent off Mt Sale requires good route-finding skills even in fine weather.

Trail Conditions
A bit of everything. Lots of single track, ranging from easy to technical; a chunk of 4WD/farm track and a very gnarly, totally off-track descent off Mt Sale.

Optional Extra
Only a few tens of metres off the track is the rocky summit of Crown Peak (1735m) – worth the diversion if you’re a peak bagger.

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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 10%

Technical Single Track: 25%

Moderate Single Track: 25%

Easy Single Track: 25%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%

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  • Access

    The Fork and Tap pub in Arrowtown.

    Plenty of parking.

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  • Staying Safe


    Mostly straightforward, though the descent off Mt Sale requires good route-finding skills even in fine weather.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    The first reliable stream water is not until almost 20k in, by which time you will have done a lot of climbing and slow descending. We recommend taking at least 2L with you and topping up from Brackens Gully at the bottom of the descent off Mt Sale.

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