Lake Camp and Clearwater LoopBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Stu Houston
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
This is a great easy trail run around these two beautiful Lakes. The whole Hakatere/Ashburton Lakes area is a trail running paradise and this run is a great intro to the area with stunning scenery and a flattish trail to warm up on.
If you camped beside Lake Camp run clockwise round the lake - it's a combination of gravel road and old 4x4 tracks and gravel track to The Lake Clearwater Huts. Run thru the village to the Lake edge (Lake Clearwater) then follow the track that goes around the entire lake. This is a mix of gravelled track and single track with the occasional boardwalk and bridge. There is some info along the way about the wildlife etc. Once back at the village carry on where you left off around Lake Camp.
Features of interest
Run around two alpine lakes with stunning views of Arrowsmith and Taylor Ranges and the Alps. Plenty of birdlife to spot on the Lakes.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 8%
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 37%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 17%
Gravel Road: 8%
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
Follow Hakatere Potts Road to Lake Camp. Park in camp area or park at the Lake Clearwater Huts.
No Public transport to here. Plenty of parking this is a safe area.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Pretty strait forward you should always see the lake to your right.
Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Map.
Personally i wouldnt have a problem drinking from these Lakes however you do cross some clean streams on the North side of Lake Clearwater.
Very cold in winter with heavy frosts and snow. Hot in summer ...... just jump in the lakes !!
Post run indulgence
Staverley Store cafe
Staverley north of Mount Somers
The best Cafe in the area great food in a wounderful old store can get very busy as its reputation is well knowen.
Sponsor this trail
See other runs nearby:
Mt Somers Woolshed Loop
Mt Somers - Round The Mountain
Mt Somers - Over the Top V1
Trails and Tribulations
Lake Lilian Track
Browning Pass - Southern Alps Crossing
The Southern Pinnacles
Mt. Taylor Dual
Aamped and Clomped
Hakatere Shoe Washer
Mount Somers Summit Loop via Pinnacles Hut
Scotts Pudding Loop
The Lady Lakes
Edoras on Sunday