Last Updated: 24th Nov 2023

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Cairnmuir to Clyde

Cromwell, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 24th Nov 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 31 ?

Gnarl Factor: 11 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.7%


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The track follows the Cairnmuir DOC track, up and over the Cairnmuir Range. From the start at Cornish Point, you follow the DOC marking up the road and then veer off to the right at the specified sign and head up the hill proper. Follow the markings for the duration of the track which will take you all the way out to Hawksburn Rd. Once you get to Hawksburn Rd, follow the road to the left and downhill until you meet the tarsealed road. Head left on the bitumen, cross the red bridge and you've made it to Clyde!

This trail includes the peak Mount Jackson.

Great views across the Cromwell, Alexandra area.

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Small parking area. Reasonably safe area.

11 km

13 minutes




Generally good.

Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Small stream near Musterers Hut, in farmland though so drink at your own risk. Best take your own!

Snow on tops during winter and can be bitterly cold when windy, even in summer.

Merchant of Clyde
Sunderland Street, Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand (Next to Olivers)
Great coffee and food right in the middle of the historic main road.

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Campbell Hills

has completed Cairnmuir to Clyde once in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Heads up that the track is closed for lambing 15 Sep - 19 Oct.

Mike Heydon

September 19, 2021

Great day out. It was overcast the day I did it but there's nowhere to hide up there so pack your sunscreen.

Nice views over Cromwell and Clyde. There are quite a few tracks and options at some points so I was pleased I had the route on my watch.

Really enjoyed this one.

Tim Morton

December 23, 2020

I did it in reverse and had challenges with my navigation at both ends :-( but it's a great traverse which is off the beaten track. I did it mid week and didn't see a single soul. Great views at both ends, well worth it!

Alex Garden

March 13, 2020

Outstanding trail. Great climb out of Cairmuir to the top with fantastic views looking across to Mt Horn and Leaning Rock on Northburn station as well as views leaving Cromwell and looking down on Clyde as you descend. Definitely take plenty of water. A must do if youre in the area.

Mark Rigby

January 12, 2020

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