Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Silver Possum

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 25

Gnarl Factor: 28

14.6km

890m

890m

789m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

5%
65%
30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.7%

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Estimated Times to Run

4:00

Slow

3:00

Moderate

2:00

Fast

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.

Old historic Possum Hut, gorgeous views on the tops.

Private transport only up here. Plenty of parking. I would be locking the car and hiding/taking any valuables.

13 km

26 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

Keep an eye out for signs and use your brains!

Patchy.

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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Alex Herder

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