Last Updated: 8th Apr 2024

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Crown Peak and Mt Sale

Arrowtown, Otago

Submitted by Rob Bathgate

Last Updated: 8th Apr 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 59 ?

Gnarl Factor: 53 ?

29.5km

2100m

2100m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

15%
25%
25%
25%
10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.2%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable

Slow

4:00

Moderate

3:00

Fast

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)

Navigation:
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.

This trail includes the peaks Crown Peak and Mount Sale.

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Plenty of parking.

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Moderate.

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

Unknown.

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.

Trail Legend

GS

Gavin Sinclair

has completed Crown Peak and Mt Sale once in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Blimmin amazing! That decent off Mt Sale is a work of Art

Tony Sharpe

December 11, 2022

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