Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Camp Saddle to Lyndon Saddle Loop

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 53 ?

11.0km

675m

675m

1523m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

30%
25%
15%
30%

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.1%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

2:45

Slow

2:00

Moderate

1:30

Fast

Park at the yellow and black gate across the Broken River skifield road. Follow the road through the forest for about 1km on a gentle incline. You will see a shed on the left and the Camp Saddle track heading into the forest on your right. Follow the Camp Saddle track through the forest. It emerges out the treeline.

Follow the poled route across a few patches with large scree boulders (some avalanche danger here in winter depending on snow conditions) to the cairn at the top of Camp Saddle. Turn right and follow the obvious ridge up. Do not take the first ridge off to your left. Follow the long curved ridge until you are above Helicopter Hill.

Continue to follow the ridgeline down. You can opt to run down the steep scree slope (GPX data does this) or continue to follow the ridge and then turn left to meet up with the cairn below. The route is marked from here and drops down to the top of Lyndon Saddle. Take The Luge track down (there are other options to make this a longer run if you wish). When The Luge track meets the road, turn left and follow the ski filed road back to the car.

The scenery is stunning.

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No Public tranport. Limited road-side parking, but it is usually not busy. There are a number of alternative start points.

14 km

22 minutes

Yes

No

Hard.

Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters

There is a river near the track at the start, and towards the bottom of The Luge track just before it joins the road up the Broken River ski field, otherwise this is a dry route.

Exposed route, subject to winter snowfall - best for spring to autumn running. Snow above 1400m is common here in winter.

There is one gnarly rock section that requires a bit of clamboring on the unmarked section of the route. There is also a scree running section - this can be avoided by following the ridge instead of dropping straight down through the scree. Gaiters recommended if you opt for the scree.

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Stef Fagan

Stef Fagan

has completed Camp Saddle to Lyndon Saddle Loop twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

A brilliant wee loop with enough vert to give the lungs and legs a fair work out. This run is all about the Lyndon Face and the hoot of a scree decent. Top tip - don't try this when the stones are frozen together!

Christian Couper

May 14, 2023

Fun. Fun. Fun

Mike McManaway

December 3, 2022

This sweet little loop is basically a Craigieburns sampler pack. You get to enjoy mostly non-technical, runnable ridgeline from Camp Saddle with incredible views on a clear day, followed by a scree slope descent which is soft and sandy and super fun (gaiters and older shoes recommended). Once you hit Lyndon Saddle you get to fly down everyone's favourite forest singletrack on the Luge and finish it off with a wee grind up the skifield road to the car - okay maybe that bit isn't the most fun part but totally worth it ;)

Emily Oliver

April 30, 2022

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