Silverpeaks Classic LoopIntermediate
Submitted by Henry Ritchie
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiversideOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
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This route is part of the T8 Three+ Collection
Note this run can be run EITHER way, depending on how much you like uphill or down hill. I prefer running up Yellow Ridge and the Devil's Staircase as then there is less technical downhill to navigate (and for me seems quicker). Start either at the DOC Carpark or drive a bit further up the road where you can park opposite the entrance to the Possum Hut route (another good running option).
Run along the gravel road for approximately 5.5km to the track entrance where you'll see a sign (on your left). Run through the pine forest down into a gully, then head up the step track on the other side of the stream (there are some ropes to help pull you up). Enjoy running up Yellow Ridge, past the hut and up into the open tussocks where you'll eventually run past ABC Caves and onto Jubilee Hut. After a drink from the stream near Jubilee Hut, head up Devil Staircase (very steep), and glide down the ridge, past green hill to the car park, where it will be a short run up the road to your car.
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Features of interest
Beautiful mix of native forest, pine, tussocks and streams. Awesome views from the top of devil staircase out to the ocean and over the Taieri Plains.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 10%
Technical Single Track: 30%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 15%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 15%
Sealed Road: 0%
Head out of Dunedin on SH1 (North) and just after Waitati head LEFT off the main highway onto Double Hill Road. Keep driving and this will turn into Mountain View Road. You can either park at the DOC Carpark or slightly further up the road which I definitely prefer to do (it means you're not starting your run on 6km or so of gravel road!)
Plenty of parks, and safe.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Ensure you stick to the track at all times (it becomes faint in areas around Jubilee Hut).
Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There is water around Jubilee Hut (but I would advise bringing your own). It can be VERY hot in summer and you will need your water. It is a grunty run!
Very muddy heading up the first part of Yellow Ridge
Make sure you bring enough water and protection from the sun! It is very step exposed on Devil's Staircase so take care.
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