Hogsback TrackBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by John Davis
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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Easy intro to running in the Castle Hill area - not as hilly or as long as most other routes, very good quality track.
From the Hogsback carpark the track starts almost immediately on the right (don't follow the 4wd track). The first 2km are relatively steep climbing, then things ease off and you've got gently rolling (but trending overall upwards) terrain for 3km, at which point you start the climb up on to Hogsback itself. A short 1km section of rolling terrain along the top takes you to the start of the descent down to Texas Flat (if you're feeling uninspired for more climbing turn around before descending). At the Texas Flat car park turn around and re-trace your route back to the start.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 100%
Hogsback Track car park
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone.
Couple of stream crossings, water looks ok but I haven't actually used it
Probably longest season of any track in the basin due to it staying lower. Ok in winter in snow as not that steep nor exposed, can be very muddy early spring/late autumn so best avoided then
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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