Mt Cargill and Organ PipesBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Steve Tripp
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
Beginner - Intermediate
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This route is part of the Rab Skyline Mountain Collection
From the car park the track heads up the gully with the creek on the left for about 500m. It makes a nice warm up before you cross the bridge over the creek and start to climb. Up through exotic forest for another 500m which then changes to native bush. At the 2km mark there is a lookout over the upper catchment area. Around the 3km mark there is an intersection. Take the left turn to the summit and then the other way on the way down to the organ pipes. If you run on past the organ pipes you come out on Mt Cargill Rd.
Features of interest
Mt Cargill summit has great panoramic views of Dunedin and Otago Harbour on a good day. Wonderful sunrises!
The Organ pipes are a really interesting rock formation with great views out over Blueskin Bay and up the east coast.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 60%
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
Trail starts at Bethunes Gully car park.
Follow North Rd from Gardens. At Normanby (about 3km up) veer left onto Norwood St. After the houses on the left end and the road starts to head up the hill turn left to Bethunes Gully (Cluny St). Car park is about 500m.
Plenty of car parking at the car park. Public buses only go as far as the Normanby intersection. it's about 1.5km jog along the road from there.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There are a couple of small waterfalls around half way up the climb. They can dry up if it's been very dry but that doesn't happen often.
It can get really cold up there at any time of year if the weather turns bad. Snow, hail, lightning, and wind are all possible at anytime.
Post run indulgence
The Grid Cafe and Roastery
282 North Rd
Great coffee and wacky conversation. Open until 3pm most days.
8 Bank St
Great craft beer on tap and wacky conversation. A very friendly outdoor area where the locals are used to the occasional trail runner and attached dog. Please say hi for me! Open from 3pm everyday.
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