Dusky TrackVery Experienced
Submitted by Andy Magness
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Back country - remote
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushCoastalRiversideLakesideOpen ridges/tops
Not Suitable (Slow)
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Considered the hardest 'track' in New Zealand. Lots of mud. Track well marked in most places and easy to follow if you pay attention. A hut on each end and six huts along the way for those that aren't keen to run it and would rather tramp.
Features of interest
Bush, waterfalls, tops, lots of birds, heaps of three wire bridges. A few sandflies if you stop. Good fun.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 15%
Technical Single Track: 80%
Gravel Road: 5%
The Dusky Track is well documented. Start at Hauroko Hut. End at West Arm Hut. The full run includes an out-n-back to Supper Cove from Loch Maree at the half way point. This can be skipped if you're not feeling flash.
Need to organize boat ride across lake Hauroko to start (can usually park at Clifden and get a ride from there from the transport operator). At the end can catch a lift on the Real Journeys boat back across Lake Manapouri . Then also sort a ride back to your vehicle.
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, 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 bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters.
Plenty along the route. Too much maybe!
Be prepared for floods and the necessity of swimming sections of the track after heavy rain. Or stay in a hut and wait for rivers to drop. Winter snows can block the passes or make them require alpine experience to cross.
Flooding, steep sections, rough terrain, and plenty of mud
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