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Back country - remote
Point to Point (one way)
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
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The best way to run the Creosus Crossing is from Barrytown to Blackball. The track enters the bush just above sea level right next to the road and the first 3km is a steady gradient to approx 400m. From there it's steep up to the bushline and beyond where you cross through the saddle next to Mt Ryall at 1100m and 8km into the run.
The next 5km is undulating across the tops on the most technical part of the trail till you reach the turn off to Creosus Knob. The side trip up the knob adds 30minutes but on a fine day takes in brilliant views of the coastline and the Mt Watson ridge trail. The track from the junction has been upgraded and its only 2 km from here to the Hut. From the hut its 10km of mainly downhill to the end of the single track where you pop out at the carpark. The traditional race route which this guide follows takes you in to Blackball along the gravel road - approximately 6km of mainly downhill. This will keep your support crew happy as the road up to the carpark is rough and this way they can be sitting in the pub waiting for you to turn up! Easy.
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Features of interest
Historic pack track - Stamping Batteries, siites of old mining townships
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Gravel Road: 15%
Sealed Road: 5%
Drive North from Greymouth up the Coast Road until Barrytown.Trail starts right next to the Highway in the middle of Barrytown
Best parking is down Cargills road on your left , 100m from track start
In thick fog be careful over the tops - stick to the tail and look out for markers
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
Plenty on the Blackball side and water at the hut to top up.
Exposed tops - can be very windy and cold in winter
Post run indulgence
Great Food - Historic building
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