Porters to Castle HillIntermediate - Experienced
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Front country - easily accessible
Point to Point (one way)
Intermediate - Experienced
Not Suitable (Slow)
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Run along the Porters Skifield Road until you get to Porters Lodge. From here you can take the uphill MTB track until you reach the ridge line. It is then straight up the ridge to the top of Porters Skifield; you will be climbing along the skifield boundary with the lifts to your left.
Once at the top of Porters you carry along the ridge headed north towards Mt Enys. A good sharp scramble will get you to the trig at the top and some spectacular views. On a clear day, you'll even be able to see Mt. Cook/Aoraki.
Carry along the ridge to the north - you should see Castle Hill Village down to your right. Once you get to the top of Mt. Cloudsley you'll start heading east along Long Spur. From here there is an unofficial track created by other adventurous souls. You'll get a nice steep scree descent down to the Craigieburn Forest Trails. Get on to the Hogs Back Track through the forest and back to the Castle Hill Carpark
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 83%
Moderate Single Track: 15%
Gravel Road: 2%
You can start anywhere along the Porters Skifield Road between SH73 and Porters Lodge but there is a good parking spot just before the road crosses the river and starts up the hill.
As this is a point to point you will need to park another vehicle (or bike) at Castle Hill Village for the finish.
Unmarked route, but if you have the GPS file or a map with the track marked out it's relatively straightforward. There are some other ridgelines branching off so the key is to know which ridge you are taking. Would not recommend doing it in low visibility.
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 blanket, Cellphone, Map.
You can get water from the Porter River at the bottom of the skifield, but otherwise there are no water sources on the track.
Open mountaintops are exposed to cold winds at any time of year. Track will be seasonal and not easily achievable during winter when there is snow in the area (unless very experienced).
Post run indulgence
Sheffield Pie Shop
Good hot pies, fresh baking and good coffee
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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