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Flagstaff Swampy Circuit, Otago

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Flagstaff Swampy CircuitBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Dan Boulton

Info Info

Trail Information

14.70km

640m

660m

 

Otago

Dunedin

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:15 (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)

-9.6%

+8.7%

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Description

From the Bullring carpark head west and continue down Flagstaff-Whare Flat Rd. This is a 2.6km descent down a forestry road, nice and fast to warm the legs up. At the junction at the bottom head right up Robinsons Rd and you are straight into a 5km easy ascent to Swampy Summit. Take your time there are great views and other trails to explore off this if you choose.

When you hit Swampy Summit you will follow the ridge along for about 1.5km, before bearing right and following the signs to Flagstaff. The track becomes more technical here. You will have a few ups and downs for 1.9km before you come to a track junction. Turn right at the sign that says Flagstaff Summit and head up hill rolling over the first hill before climbing to the summit. Great views from Flagstaff. Now it is an easy meander down to the car park.


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Features of interest

Great accessible run from Dunedin. Great views over the city and down over the Tairei Plains.


Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

Gravel Road: 40%


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  • Access

    Start from the Bullring carpark on Flagstaff Whare Flat Rd, 10min drive from Dunedin Central.

    Lots of parking

    8 km

    14 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

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    Pretty easy. The track is narrow and the tussocks can hide the track between Swampy and Flagstaff. Can easily come off it at night. Easy to find though. Also watch the fog in winter, it can come in fast.

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There are streams, but not sure on quality.

    Can be muddy between Swampy and Flagstaff

    Fog in winter, if it is going to be foggy use a watch with a bread crumb.

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