Last Updated: 16th Dec 2023


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Mt Faust Loop

Boyle Village, Canterbury

Submitted by Patrick Clissold

Last Updated: 16th Dec 2023


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Grunt Factor: 57

Gnarl Factor: 91








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Type of Run

Back country - remote



Native bush


Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +18.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -18.7%


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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






Start at Boyle Village carpark and head onto the road North over the bridge. Immediately turn right onto the track that is the start of the Mt Faust Loop.

Following the good trail through amazing Beech forest for a leg-burning 700m of ascent until you are ejected onto the tops. Follow the ridgeline until the true summit of Mt Faust.

You can detour here and tick off Mt Mephistopheles or continue to point 1661. The trail can be tricky to find here, but head South past two tarns until you hit the ridgeline at an obvious notch, just below point 1607.

Follow the ridgeline down until you hit the tree line and follow an often overgrown trail all the way to the valley floor. It can be easy to get lost here!

Once you hit the St James Walkway, 5km of excellent trail next to the river, with one vertigo-inducing swing bridge, brings you back to the car park.

Lots of good, free parking at the campsite.

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1 minutes




Easy to get lost in the forest on the way down. If in doubt just go down!


Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

Drinkable water available at the tarns on the top.

Exposed tops will be covered in snow in the winter, recommended only when not covered.

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Steve Beatson

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