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Croesus Crossing, West Coast

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Croesus CrossingIntermediate

Submitted by Ben Aynsley

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West Coast


Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)


Native bush
Open ridges/tops


5:00 (Slow)
3:45 (Moderate)
2:40 (Fast)



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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%

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  • Access

    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

    47 km

    41 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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

    Blackball Hilton
    Great Food - Historic building

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