Racing to Rain GaugeBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Issy Whitaker
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Undulating, some big hills
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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At the junction of Flagstaff-Whare Flat Road and Rollinsons Road, start with a cruisy descent down a very quiet gravel road for about 3.5km before turning right on Silverstream Valley Rd where you will come to Silverstream carpark. This is the start of Raceman's track along an old abandoned water race. At the beginning make sure you stay close to the building to find the narrow track on the right hand side of the river.
Head along the rooty and undulating singletrack. Turn left to cross the river at the first sign for Powder Ridge (If you accidentally go straight you should end up back on the route again). As you continue the tracks become more well signposted. There are a few easy/shallow river crossings to negotiate. Continue along Raceman’s Track which becomes flatter and easier going. A couple of other tracks break off to the right and left so it is handy to have the map or route on your phone/watch.
Just before the 9k mark you meet Rain Gauge Spur track. This is the beginning of an awesome 3km ascent to your final goal, the hairpin bend on Swampy access track. Initially you climb steeply up the side of the spur, before reaching the top and following it along through manuka forest and eventually emerging onto the tussock with awesome views back across the Silver Peaks.
Turn right down Swampy Access Track and cruise the 4k descent back to your car.
Features of interest
Abandoned water race
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 30%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 25%
Gravel Road: 25%
Sealed Road: 0%
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Head out of town up Three Mile Hill and turn right on Flagstaff-Whare Flat road. Head past the Bullring and keep driving down until you reach the junction of Flagstaff-Whare Flat Road and Rollinsons Road
There are parks on the side of the road just before the junction and just after it.
Between the Silverstream carpark and the beginning of Rain Gauge Spur track (km 4 to km 9) there are a few tracks breaking off on the right and left so a map is handy. Even if you do take the wrong turn it is possible to find your way back to the route easily with a map.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
Along Raceman's track you have easy access to a free flowing clear river which you have to cross a couple of times. Essentially no water after km 9 once on Rain Gauge Spur.
There are muddy patches along the trail which could become deep after rain but not impassable. The last km of Rain Gauge Spur is out of the tree line so potentially could be very windy.
Post run indulgence
Patti's and Cream
176 Eglinton Road, Mornington, Dunedin
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