Murray Creek and Devils Tail RevengeBeginner
Submitted by Ben Wallbank
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
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From the Blacks Point car park follow the Murray Creek track which steadily ascends over several km's. You'll pass some cool old relics of the gold rush era that started on the West Coast before reaching a marked intersection - Waitahu Junction. Turning left takes you up some more and options back to Reefton via the Eifel Tower mast (Konini Track), but you want to go right towards the Waitahu River and Clematis Swing Bridge. Now commences an amazing flowing downhill track with a short kicker up to the start of Devils Tail - now some serious fun begins! Let gravity do the work here as you zoom down the semi-technical single track and end at the Waitahu River to earn your reward of fresh cool water to drink or bathe in, before turning around and facing the Devils Tail uphill!!
Retrace your steps back to the car park enjoying the long super runable track back down Murray Creek.
Features of interest
Lots of side options to drop down off the main track to see old mining settlements and mine workings
Make Up of Run
Moderate 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
In the centre of Blacks Point (it's a small village) there's easy signage to the Murray Creek trails - there's a small (free) car park here.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Half way point at the river.
Good all year around.
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