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Buckland Peaks, West Coast

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Buckland PeaksBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Info Info

Trail Information

22.00km

1345m

1345m

 

West Coast

Westport

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

6:00 (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)

-12.7%

+12.7%

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Description

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.


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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%


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  • Access

    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.

    8 km

    8 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Very patchy.

    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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