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Whare Flat to Pulpit Rock , Otago

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Whare Flat to Pulpit Rock Intermediate

Submitted by Dan Boulton

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


4:30 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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From the car park, climb the fence and head up the 4WD track for about 1.2km. You will see the track drop down close to the river, with an option to cross over. Cross here, you will know you are in the right place as there is a old broken concrete structure in the river which you can use to hop across the river.

Follow the track for a further 1km, where you will see a sign saying Powder Ridge Track. Once on this track you climb steeply at first, all the way up the ridge line for about 5km. At 7.2km you will reach an overgrown 4WD track, turn right onto this and head up this. After another 3km you will reach Pulpit Rock. This track has recently been cut/mowed, but there are multiple tiny stumps and holes to watch out for underfoot. Just before Pulpit Rock you will come to a large junction of the Silver Peak Trails. Make sure you clamber up small trail to left that takes you up on to the Rock itself. Return is the same way back, the 5km ridge line is one of the best and fastest trails around. Lots of fun.

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Features of interest

Great ridge line run up to Pulpit Rock. Brilliant views of the Silver Peaks from atop of Pulpit Rock. Pulpit Rock is worth it in its own right, a massive rock out-crop.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 80%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

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  • Access

    Start at the Silverstream Whakaehu Carpark, at the end of Silverstream Valley Rd. You turn right onto Silverstream Valley Rd at the very bottom of Three Mile Rd.

    Lots of parking.

    11 km

    14 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Cross the river 1.2km in where there is a concrete structure paying across the river. Continue on the track up the other side.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Only at the bottom via the river, not sure on drinkability.

    Silver Peak Ranges are very susceptible to low cloud and weather can come in from the sea very quickly. Always check the weather and make sure you pack layers. I always use a watch with breadcrumbs or the ability to load the course before heading out, just so you can navigate back if you get caught in the cloud. I have had to do this once.

    Clouds and low visibility. Change of weather.

  • Post run indulgence

    Emmerson Brewery

    Vogel St Kitchen

    Wolf at the Door

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