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Back country - remote
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslandsOther
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This route is part of the Not The WILD Festival
Following the sign ‘Coronet Loop Track’ from the Chinese Village carpark cross the footbridge and turn left. At 1.2kms cross the bridge and turn left onto Bush Creek Track. This track section was upgraded in 2021 with various footbridges.
The track gradually climbs through beech forest along the creek and after 6.5kms you will be rewarded with stunning views.
Continue along the Coronet Face Water Race which weaves for 6kms along the front face of Coronet Peak through beech forest and old mining sites to Coronet Peak Road. Be aware, Bush Creek and Coronet Face Water Race are two-way tracks, keep an eye out for downhill bikers.
Cross Coronet Peak Road, head up the connector trail for 600m to the start of Pack, Track, and Sack. The downhill mountain track will take you down into Long Gully in Skippers. There are a few steep rock drops on the sections. Be mindful of fast-approaching bikers from behind.
At 17kms turn right, the track starts gradually climbing to Greengate Saddle, which gives great views of Skippers before dropping down to the historic Greengate Hut (21.5kms). There is a creek to fill up water.
Past the hut, the track starts opening high above Deep Creek overlooking the remains of the Old Greengates Hotel. The loop continues upstream, over Picnic Rock with stunning views of the valley before descending into Deep Creep. This part of the section gives a real sense of remoteness.
Deep Creek marks the halfway point of the loop (25kms) and water refill opportunity.
From here the track sidles in and out of the creek, gradually climbing up to Deep Creek Saddle (33.5kms). From the saddle, the track descends to Eight Mile Hut (39kms). After Eight Mile Hut the tracks turns right to join up with Macetown 4WD Road. From here the track follows the road.
Depending on river levels, at 44kms there is a footbridge on the left or cross the river.
At the 48.5kms use the Norman Spencer bridge to cross the river or continue along the 4WD road involving several river crossings back to the Chinese Village carpark.
The gpx data provided crosses the rivers at the end, you might, however, choose to head across the bridge, go up the stairs, then follow the single track above the river back to the footbridge at Chinese Village. Ignore the junction to Sawpit Gully along the way.
Features of interest
Allow an extra hour to explore the gold mine history of the area and the stunning views along the way.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 40%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 35%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
This track is a loop track and can be accessed at Arrowtown Chinese Village or Coronet Peak Road. The loop is easy to follow as it is well signposted 'Coronet Loop' at major intersections. To shorten the run, arrange a drop-off at Coronet Peak Road and finish in Arrowtown (37.5km). The track description is clockwise from Arrowtown.
Plenty of free, all-day parking in Arrowtown by the river.
Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
Water Refills: Bush Creek Track (6kms), Greengate Hut (21.5kms), Deep Creek (25km), various crossing along Deep Creek, Eight Mile Creek (34kms), Arrow River (40kms) and various points along the Macetown Road.
The Deep Creek section of this loop is remote and give an amazing backcountry experience. There is no shelter from the elements. Be adequately prepared, take extra gear including first aid kit and a PLB/Inreach.
Be aware, Bush Creek and Coronet Face Water Race are two-way tracks, keep an eye out for downhill bikers.
There are a few steep rock drops on the downhill mountain bike section into Skippers. Be mindful of fast approaching bikers from behind.
Post run indulgence
Fork and Tap
51 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown
Great selection of beers and the bowl of fries is a real treat over a long run.
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