Silver Possum Beginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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From the carpark head straight up the road for about 1km. You will see a track with DOC sign to the left called Possum Hut Track. Head up this. Possum Track is easy to follow and well marked. Quite steep in spots and would be slippery after rain however.
Follow the track past the old hut, not too long after you will reach the main Silver Peaks Track where you turn right. You are already reasonably high here and not long after you will gain some pretty good views of the area. Follow the main track along the ridges to Pulpit Rock (this is the first high point just off to your left, it is sign posted). Once you've bagged that high point return to the Silver Peaks Track and turn left.
A bit further on you will veer off this wide track to the right at an orange pole marker and follow the single track to Pt 777, the highest point on the run, before turning around and heading straight back where you came from. There is a small single track along the ridge out to the Silver Peak trig point if you can find it. Otherwise it's a straight shot back the way you came, but this time don't turn down Possum Hut Track (not signposted) but continue down the main Silver Peaks Track which will lead you straight back to the carpark.
Features of interest
Old historic Possum Hut, gorgeous views on the tops.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 65%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%
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Mountain Road Silver Peaks DOC Carpark. Less than 1km after Waitati (from Dunedin) take Double Hill Rd to the left. Follow this until it turns into Semple Rd then Mountain Track. Once on Mountain Track the carpark will not long be on your left, you can't miss it.
Private transport only up here. Plenty of parking. I would be locking the car and hiding/taking any valuables.
Keep an eye out for signs and use your brains!
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
There is a small stream before Possum Hut but otherwise carry your own.
Very muddy after rain on the Possum Hut Track section, and very exposed up on the tops. Occasional snow in winter.
Sun-strike from the amazing sunrises.
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