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Hogsback Track, Canterbury

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Hogsback TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by John Davis

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Castle Hill Village

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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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.

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  • Access

    Hogsback Track car park

    0 km

    1 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Generally good.

    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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    Sheffield Pie Shop

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