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Ross Creek Reservoir

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

An outstanding walk or run along a rushing creek and around an atmospheric reservoir.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Point to Point

431' 131 m

High

196' 60 m

Low

248' 76 m

Up

72' 22 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek

Family Friendly Easy bush walks with options for shorter walks, some interesting features for children including a tiny fairy grove, river and waterfall and Pokémon Go stops. Only short distances okay for stroller.

Bicycles not allowed.

Description

From the intersection with the Upper Leith Walkway the signed Ross Creek trail climbs into a gorge created by long-abandoned quarries alongside its namesake creek. An unsigned ford near an old water pipe marks the spot where the School Creek trail heads off to the west. The trail emerges from the dense forest at the base of the Ross Creek Reservoir dam, and climbs steeply to the dam's top. From here views across the reservoir include the aging "Valve Tower", one of Dunedin's iconic sights that rises like a miniature fairy-tale tower from the water and is connected to the dam by a long, floating catwalk (closed to public access). From the dam, a loop trail can be traveled in either direction around the reservoir.

Contacts

Shared By:

Almonzo Wilder with improvements by Charlotte D

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View from the west side of the Ross Creek Reservoir
Dec 12, 2017 near Dunedin, NZ

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Dec 10, 2017
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