Cromwell Gorge and Cairnmuir LoopBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Kieran Philip
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Front country - easily accessible
LakesideOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
Closed for lambing during 15Oct - 15Nov
The first part of this route is closed due to landslip management. The cycleway track can be used to begin the route instead.
Starting at the DOC carpark, head up the 4WD track, at about 1.5km you'll come to a wee saddle - the DOC track heads up the hill to the right (this is where you'll come out), but stick to the road and head down to the left. You'll come to a gate at the next saddle and go through this and stay on this track for the next 8km or so as you weave in and out of the gullies on your way down the lake. You'll eventually get to the bluffs, at this point follow the track up the hill. This is the big climb, pretty simple to follow the track, just plod your way up! At the top, go through the gate and head down the DOC track back to the carpark. There are signposts and yellow markers on your way down.
Features of interest
Cairnmuir Slip - large reinforcements to stop the hillside from sliding into the lake and busting the Clyde Dam... Central Otago views.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 4%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 0%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 80%
Gravel Road: 16%
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
DOC carpark on Cornish Point Rd (just before the road turns to gravel).
There is a parking area just off Cornish Point Rd. Small, but nice and clear, never had any security issues.
Name: Al Hamilton - Cairnmuir Station
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Very little, especially in summer.
Snow on tops at times, very windy and exposed often on the tops.
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See other runs nearby:
Welshtown via Koinga, Kanuka and Logantown
Cromwell to Clyde
Kawarau River Track
Mt Horn Loop
Mt Horn via Sheepcamp and Bikewheel
Northburn Pylon Track
Aurora and Kanuka Loops
Pisa Moorings Meander
Roaring Meg Pack Track
Cairnmuir to Clyde
Mt Apiti via Castle Rock
Mt Pisa via Tinwald Burn Ridge
Locharburn to Lake McKay
Lowburn to Deep Creek
Grandview Ridge Track
Potters Creek Loop
Mt Difficulty Loop
Upper Pipeclay Track
Lost The Tracks - Otago Central Rail Trail
Matukituki Cascade Saddle Dart Epic