Last Updated: 8th Apr 2024

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Foggy and Castle Hill Peaks

Springfield, Canterbury

Submitted by Sarah Coxon

Last Updated: 8th Apr 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 50 ?

Gnarl Factor: 116 ?

11.4km

1540m

1540m

1998m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Mountainous

Dog Friendly

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

100%

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +26.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -26.2%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

4:30

Slow

3:30

Moderate

2:30

Fast

The climbing starts as soon as you leave the car park area at the top of Porters Pass. Initially, there are a few orange-topped warratahs to guide you, but they run out almost straight away. There's still enough of a trail to follow - it splits and rejoins and splits again, but you can't really get it wrong - you're just heading up, up, up!

Soon, the grasses and shrubs give way to scree and rock. Don't feel bad about stopping often to catch your breath, these are good opportunities to enjoy the views unfolding behind you. Eventually, you reach the large rock cairn at Foggy Peak and can see the lovely broad ridge you'll follow around towards Castle Hill Peak.

Carry on over the top of Foggy Peak and enjoy a short dash through the scree to a small saddle on the northern side, before climbing some more. Continue along the ridge line - faint tracks appear then disappear, but you can just make your own way along the top. About 5km in, the ridge narrows a bit for the climb up to Castle Hill Peak but it's all scree, no scrambling required.

Tag the trig and grab a bite to eat. When you've had your fill of the views, return the way you came. Enjoy the chance to open up and stretch the legs, especially over the section back to Foggy Peak. From there, the descent can be a little slippery on the gravel, but all good fun.

It is possible to carry on from Castle Hill Peak.... if you're after more and have the time and skills/experience, perhaps check out the Torlesse Traverse route.

This trail includes the peaks Foggy Peak and Castle Hill Peak.

Beautiful views from every angle, including of Lake Lyndon, the surrounding peaks and back across the plains.

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19 km

16 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

The route is unmarked almost the entire way, but just head up and stay on the tops. In cloudy or foggy weather, the lack of landmarks could make navigation difficult - best avoided or use a GPX.

Very patchy.

Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map

None. Take what you need.

Best avoided in heavy fog or a howling north west wind.
Lots of snow/ice in winter, in particular, the final ascent to Castle Hill Peak may require crampons.

You're in an exposed, alpine environment. Conditions can change quickly, so check the forecast and take sufficient gear.

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An all time classic this one. Start high, get higher!

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