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Camp Saddle to Lyndon Saddle Loop, Canterbury

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Camp Saddle to Lyndon Saddle LoopBeginner - Intermediate

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Castle Hill Village

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:45 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



Check Craigieburn Forest Park - The Luge track part of the route is shared with mountain bikers and can be closed for mountain biking in winter

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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.

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Features of interest

The scenery is stunning.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 30%

Technical Single Track: 15%

Easy Single Track: 25%

Gravel Road: 30%

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  • Access

    At the (usually) closed gate on the Broken River Ski Field Road. An alternative start is on the ski field road at the bottom of The Luge Track if you want to get the road section out of the way first.

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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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