Last Updated: 1st Jan 2024

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The Edge loop

Castle Hill Village, Canterbury

Submitted by Katie Smith

Last Updated: 1st Jan 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 20 ?

Gnarl Factor: 27 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +18.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -18.0%


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This loop is well worth the gravel road climb for the single track descent. It's fine to run in either direction, but the Edge track is great fun to come down, so best in the described direction.

Start by running up the Craigieburn ski field road from the car park at the bottom. Although it's a gravel road it winds through lovely beech forest, gradually gaining height and with great views. Early on you will see a DoC sign with a track climbing up to the left - this is where you will come out.

Near the top you pass the ski field ticket building - keep following your nose upwards until the road runs out. From here you will see the single track starting across a bit of open scree, heading back down the side of the valley you've come up but at a higher level. This is the Edge track - it ducks in and out of beech forest, crossing scree slopes. Lower down you will pass a signposted junction to Helicopter Hill/the Luge - take the left fork to continue heading back to the ski field road.

You pop out onto this about half a km from where you started - head right and keep going downhill back to the start.

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10 km

10 minutes




Very patchy.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There are several streams crossed on the Edge track that are good drinking

This climbs high - expect snow in winter, particularly on the top section. It is generally fairly protected from wind.

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Katie Smith

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Trail Reviews

A nice loop in one of my favourite playgrounds. Fun technical descent along the Edge Track, with plenty of visual distractions on a fine day and lots of options close by for running or riding afterwards. Four stars, because I'm not a fan of road running, but at least it's only a short trot up the valley.

Christian Couper

October 23, 2023

Super smooth trail running perfect for dodgy ankles. I made it 11.5k/470m.

Mike McManaway

December 2, 2022

Stunning track. Well worth the climb up to run the edge track down. Few tips are to go left at the top when it shows no turning. And keep going till you see the DOC sign and the screw to your left. Then keep going till way down where you will see the doc sign for the Luge as mentioned. Few small streams, had to cross into one but was dry very quickly. We will be back to take the time down.

Tony Fallon

February 7, 2022

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