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Lake Camp and Clearwater Loop, Canterbury

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Lake Camp and Clearwater LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Stu Houston

Info Info

Trail Information

14.60km

95m

95m

669m

Canterbury

Methven

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Lakeside
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:15 (Novice)
1:40 (Intermediate)
1:10 (Elite)

-2.1%

+2.0%

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Description

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.


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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%


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  • Access

    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.

    65 km

    54 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the RunHunters app on your phone. View on RunHunters .

    Pretty strait forward you should always see the lake to your right.

    Very patchy.

    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.

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