Luggate to Albert TownBeginner
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Front country - easily accessible
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, small hills only
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Follow the Luggage Creek Trail for a km to the confluence with the Clutha. Here a short detour to the Devil's Nook is worthwhile, otherwise turn left and head upstream following the obvious track. After another couple of kms this pops out at the road above the Red Bridge - cross straight over and pick up the gravel trail on the other side, following it up into the Shortcut Road car park area.
Beyond here the trail (now the Upper Clutha River Track) sticks pretty close to the river most of the way, sometimes rising above for great views, sometimes dropping to the side of the water and into shade that is welcome on a hot day. Keep following it for another 13km to reach the car park at the far end. Just before the end you cross the Cardrona River on a footbridge and finish with a couple of hundred metres following this tributary of the mighty Clutha to your finish point.
Your pick-up point is the small car park in the trees, which is signposted just off Kinnibeg St on the outskirts of Albert Town
Features of interest
The Devil's Nook at the confluence of Luggage Creek and the Clutha River; great views of the mighty Clutha from lots of spots along the way as well as deep into the surrounding mountains on a nice day.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
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
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The start of the Luggate Creek Track is signposted off SH6 in the township of Luggate. Turn off the main road on to Pisa Rd, follow this around to the left and then turn right on to a dead-end street. The trailhead is at the end of this road.
The trailhead is in a residential area - there's no car park as such but plenty of safe on-the-street parking. This is a one way run so unless you want to double it up into a long out & back you'll need to shuttle cars or arrange a drop-off and pick-up.
Just follow the obvious trail and signposts.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Best to carry your own as there is nowhere easily accessed to top up with safe drinking water.
Typical Otago extremes - can be very cold/icy in winter and very hot in summer. The trail is well made and so don't get too muddy even after a lot of rain.
Watch out for mountain bikers as this is a dual use track.
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