2.8 Peaks DunedinIntermediate
Submitted by Jack Harris
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From Bethunes Gully head up to the Mt Cargill walk, the track is in good condition and mostly runnable with ~580m climbing in just over 4km.
From the Mt Cargill summit head down the gravel road, the turn off is very hidden with a small pink ribbon (likely to disappear) in overgrown vegetation, best to be using navigation to find this. If you miss it, it looks like you can connect the tracks again with the forestry road on your right further down the hill. The track is overgrown and you'll bash through a few bushes but it's all runnable and eventually you'll pop out on a forestry road, turn right and follow this for a few km.
Eventually you'll come to a bit of a clearing with some big pylons and there's a track on your left; this is muddy, technical and covered in a few thorny things but again you can run a chunk of it and once you embrace the mud it's good fun with interesting boardwalk set ups. Stay right and carry on to the motorway.
From here things get easier to navigate. Run up the Leith Saddle Track, then connect to the Swampy Ridge Track before cutting down the Pineapple Flagstaff track to get back to the road.
Head down Leith Valley and up North East Valley to get back to Bethunes Gulley, now you're off the hills push the pace on that flat stuff to finish strong.
Pop into the Bagel shop, Adjo, or Crusty corner on your way out of the valley to refuel.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 40%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Sealed Road: 20%
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
Start at the Behtunes Gully Carpark
Plenty of carparks available
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Not many water options
Very muddy if it's been wet. Wear trail shoes!
Very exposed on the ridges
Lots of opportunities to slip or hurt an ankle in the technical stuff
The ridgeline above Leith Saddle is very exposed. Cold and variable enough to get you in trouble any time of year.
The track from Mt Cargill over to the Leith Saddle is technical and not frequented, reception is likely poor so if you're taking this route let someone know that's where you're headed.
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See other runs nearby:
Karetai, Highcliff, Paradise and Greenacres
Green Hill via Swampy
Taieri Mouth Millenium Trail
Mt Cargill and Organ Pipes
Ross Creek and McGouns
Signal Hill Big Easy
Pineapple and Flagstaff
Slick and Quick Swampy
Silverpeaks Classic Loop
Flagstaff Swampy Circuit
Leith Valley Swampy Circuit
Alternative Flagstaff Circuit
Seal Point Rd to Sandymount
Purakaunui Beach Loop
Leith Saddle and Burns Track loop
Ross, Pineapple, Frasers loop
Racing to Rain Gauge
Nichols Fall Loop
The Bullring Basher
The 3 Peaks