Last Updated: 15th Dec 2023

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Crosbies Settlement

Thames, Waikato

Submitted by Ian Handcock

Last Updated: 15th Dec 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 56 ?

Gnarl Factor: 65 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.3%


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The trail is part of the Surf 2 Firth Bush marathon route and follows the old pack trails that led to farming land that is no fully regenerated.
Follow the orange track markers. The trail is relatively open thanks to volunteers. it is best run in drier months as the track gets muddy on top especially if the pigs go through and rip it up. Don't worry your dog will protect you.

Track goes to the old Crosbies settlement tucked in behind table Mountain. You can go to the DOC hut.

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Limited parking. 5 vehicles max.

2 km

5 minutes




All track junctions are signposted.
Only follow orange DOC track markers. Other colours are pest baiting lines
After the junction to Crosbies Hut look out for the turnoff to the hut about a km along the track on your right. If you miss it you will come to a junction to Te Puru so turn around and come back.

Very patchy.

Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No drinkable water. Only at the hut.

Very muddy after rain. prone to windfalls inn high winds.

Avoid in windy weather.

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Michael Whitehead

Michael Whitehead

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Trail Reviews

Great trail, we ran it early November 2022. The track has degraded since a group of us did it early 2021 looks to be mostly due to erosion. Still a lot of muddy patches over the whole track but not very deep.
As seen in the profile, it starts with lots of up then settles to undulating but is runnable the entire track. I particularly enjoyed the changing track composition, mud, rock, clay, packed, single track.

Paul Ewart

November 6, 2022

A winter mud bath, knee deep at times but a bloody great workout.

Allan Haydock

April 24, 2017

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