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Leith Saddle and Burns Track loop, Otago

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Leith Saddle and Burns Track loopIntermediate

Submitted by Ben Walker

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Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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The whole run is well signposted. Start at the carpark and head straight up the hill past the Leith Saddle Track DoC sign. Keep going to the top until you get to a large transmitter/radio tower. Head left down Rollinsons Road and head down here until you get past the radar (Doppler Array). On your right perhaps 100m down the road is a sign for access to the Burns, Rustler track Circuit. Head straight down this track, turning right at the Burns/Rustlers intersection.

It's down down down from here, through a bit of mud, some slippery sections and across a stream or two. Two thirds of the trail had been cleared when I passed through but the last third was pretty bushy. Gaiters are a great idea, I realised at this point. When you hit the bottom of Burns turn right onto the Pipeline track then left when you hit a bridge. The bridge leads onto a short section of road and onto Waitati Valley Road. The carpark is a short job up the hill

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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Gravel Road: 10%

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