The Bullring BasherIntermediate
Submitted by Steve Tripp
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen ridges/tops
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Can be run in either direction
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From the Bullring cross Whare Flat Rd and over the gate onto Longridge Rd. 1.5km down Longridge Rd turn right at Smeatons Rd. Smeatons turns into a single track. Follow this down the hill until it joins McIntyres Rd, another forestry track that takes you back onto Longridge again. Turn right and in 1km you will come out on Whare Flat Rd again. Turn right and go up hill for 200m to the turn off to the left onto Tunnel track.
Follow the most obvious bits of Tunnel track until you go past the tunnel, join the water race, and becomes Raceman's Track. Stay on the same contour for about 5km and then drop down to the left at the sign to Powder Ridge. Cross Silverstream and after about 500m there will be a turn off to the right to head up Powder Ridge. This is a lovely steep ridge climb through regenerating native bush for about 6km.
Powder Ridge meets Long Ridge at Bacon Knob and here you keep heading gradually up hill to meet the Silverpeaks Track near Pulpit Rock. Pop up to the top for the view. Turn right down the Silverpeaks Track and enjoy the glorious ridge running for about 4km until the Hightop Swampy track intersection. Turn right here and enjoy the mud and rock hopping of the Swampy Ridge track until you reach Swampy Summit. Follow the road then track towards Flagstaff and back down to the Bullring.
Features of interest
Includes 5km along a water race established in 1882 to provide water for Dunedin city
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 30%
Gravel Road: 10%
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
Bullring carpark on Whare Flat Rd
There's lots of side tracks so best to follow the GPX
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Silverstream crossing at about 16km in is OK for drinking but after that there is nothing except very dirty puddles and swamp water. You need to carry enough for quite a few hours.
This route should always have a bit of mud. It can be really wild on the tops and very low visibility in bad weather. Any season is OK but check the weather report.
mud, steep slippery trails
Post run indulgence
8 Bank St
Headquarters for Crush the Cargill and if the right person is on you might get the Crush the Cargill discount.
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See other runs nearby:
Karetai, Highcliff, Paradise and Greenacres
Green Hill via Swampy
Taieri Mouth Millenium Trail
Mt Cargill and Organ Pipes
Ross Creek and McGouns
Signal Hill Big Easy
Pineapple and Flagstaff
Slick and Quick Swampy
Silverpeaks Classic Loop
Flagstaff Swampy Circuit
Leith Valley Swampy Circuit
Alternative Flagstaff Circuit
Seal Point Rd to Sandymount
Purakaunui Beach Loop
Leith Saddle and Burns Track loop
Ross, Pineapple, Frasers loop
Racing to Rain Gauge
2.8 Peaks Dunedin
Nichols Fall Loop
The 3 Peaks
3 Peaks Plus 1