Submitted by Rose Pearson
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Back country - remote
Point to Point (one way)
Open tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Not Suitable (Slow)
Take care to take the DoC track down the Cass river at the end of the route and avoid trespassing on Cass Station as the station owners do not like trampers/runners on their land.
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Begin the route at the Porters Pass ski-field sign. Run 5km up the access road, until deviating off the second to last switchback (the one before I did on my GPX) and ascend the ridge to Blue Hill. From here, stick to the ridge for the next 30km until you reach Baldy Hill. Descend its north spur before heading left near the bottom into a gut that will take you to Cass Stream - sidle left out of it at the last moment to take a nice scree slope the final 50m to the river. It looks scrubby, but you can pick a clean route through. Follow the DoC track back to the Cass Track car park. Hitch or car shuttle back to the start. Route would run as well in other direction.
Features of interest
A tour of the Craigieburn club ski-fields.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 85%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 0%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 15%
Sealed Road: 0%
Porters ski-field sign on SH93
Parking on side of SH73 of just off the Porters ski-field access road.
Nav will be difficult in cloudy conditions. There are few if any places where you have to worry about bluffs, so you could happily follow a GPS trace in cloudy conditions.
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, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters.
Tarn basin with a 200m descent just before Cheeseman ski-field.
In winter there is avalanche hazard and it would be better to do as a ski tour.
Post run indulgence
The Yelloshack Cafe
The nearest food between the trail end and Chch. Delicious pizza.
The Springfield Pub
The Wobbly Kea
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See other runs nearby:
Dracophyllum / Camp Saddle Loop
Coal Pit Spur Loop
Purple Peak Perpendicular
Cloudsley - Enys Traverse
The Loop of Depression
Thomas River Run
Camp Saddle to Lyndon Saddle Loop
The Edge loop
Porters to Castle Hill