Duffy Creek RouteIntermediate
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslands
This is a route and there is no 'built' track. There is however worn track for much of the way and plenty of DOC orange triangles.
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This is a straight in and out trail with no side trails, there isn't an official trail, just a 'route' with many orange triangles. However for the majority of the route the worn track is pretty obvious and when it's not you will always see a triangle.
The 2.3km to the top is almost constant climb, at times quite steep but mostly pleasant. The trail is extremely technical for pretty much its entirety, with climbs up, down, over and through rocky areas and areas of windfall from the past.
Towards the top there are a couple of spots to stop and enjoy the stream and at the top is a large grassy swampy area with a magic view up the valley. Stop, take it all in, then retrace your steps down the hill, remembering that technical trail is still technical downhill!
Features of interest
A few postcard worthy stream views, a great view up the valley at the top. Glimpses of waterfalls. Wonderful technical trail.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 30%
Technical Single Track: 60%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 0%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Heading from Springs Junction towards Reefton on SH7 the trail is at about 14km. You will pass the sign for the Klondike Trails at about 8km.
The trail starts right next to the road, just after the Duffy Creek Bridge.
There is room for two to three vehicles at the most to park at the trailhead.
Just watch for the triangles, only two or three times was it not obvious and there was always a triangle in view.
Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
There are a few streamlets, and the stream is never too far away if you get stuck.
Tree roots, holes, rocks to climb and cross, windfall to climb over and under. Very technical trail.
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