The Edge loopBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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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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Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Gravel Road: 50%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Start from the car park near the base of the Craigieburn ski field road, where there is a gate (locked out of ski season)
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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