Buckland PeaksBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
From the start-point head over the stile and onto the farm road/track. The route is very well marked... unfortunately you have 5km of it in and out again to the trail proper.... use it for speedwork if you have tons of energy but you probably should save your energy.
At each intersection there are clear fence post markers and follow these until you reach another stile after about 5.2km. Once over the stile there is only one track to the top... over the next 6km or so you will climb around 1100m. Up at the top around the point you first see the hut down in the valley below the track as such peters into a poled route - follow this down the hill to the hut. Sign in, have a break if you need it and return the way you came.
Features of interest
Amazing views, super 'Wild Thing' technical trail and a variety of trail types in one run.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 8%
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 2%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 50%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Just out of Westport a few kms heading towards Murchison the track is clearly signposted.
There is a carpark that would take 5 to 6 cars easily.
Waterproof leggings, Thermal 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.
None except at the hut at the top.
Looks like it could get boggy in places in winter... and of course potentially snow up top.
Severe Drop-off in places and steep ups and downs
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