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Clan of the Cave Runner, Canterbury

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Clan of the Cave RunnerBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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4.75km

190m

190m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Open tussock/grasslands
Volcanic
Other

Beginner - Intermediate

1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)

-14.5%

+13.0%

Officially closed, though still well used by locals. Use your own discretion and risk.

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Description

Head accross the eastern side of Barnett Park and pick up the mown trail through the dog park to the foot of the hills about 0.5km in. Head up the Eastenders Track until you reach a junction. Don't let the signage put you off, this trail is in heavy local use, in fact your odds of having the track to yourself on a nice day are about zero.

At the junction take the obvious unofficial but well maintained sidle trail which will head you into the heart of the valley and eventually tops out at below the cave. Scramble up the old stairs to the cave, which affords impressive views and a seat to kick back on for a breather. Soak it in, this is one of the most unique spots on the whole Port Hills.

Return down the other side of the valley taking care to hop around the giant boulders that came down over a decade ago and add to the technical factor. Finish back out the other side of Barnett Park to complete the loop. Great fun little urban fringe micro adventure


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Features of interest

Volcanic lava caves. Great views. Popular local route


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 60%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%


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Overlapping Runs

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

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Length: 21.50km


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  • Access

    Start and finish in Redcliffs at Barnett Park

    Park up at Barnet Park. Decent size parking area

    11 km

    19 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Hard to go wrong, just don't miss the obvious turn off or else you'll end up doing the Barnett Bunker Buster out and back directory instead!

    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    You can fill up at the carpark

    Could be muddy and more technical after rain

    Mind out for the boulders. Take care on the final approach to the cave

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