Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Cairnmuir Hill

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 33

Gnarl Factor: 11





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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open farmlands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.3%


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Starts just off Cornish Point Road and heads up a gravel road for the first wee while. Before dropping down into a gully you veer right onto the DOC track proper and head up the hill. You keep heading up the hill following the farm track, then you head up the hill some more. You eventually get to the top of the hill (Cairnmuir Hill), then you have earned the lovely downhill run back to the car.

Great views looking down into Cromwell Gorge and over to Alexandra. Old musterers hut located on track is a nice spot too.

There is a small parking area at the start of the track.

11 km

13 minutes




Generally good.

Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

None, so take plenty.

Snow on top at times during winter, very cold and exposed most of the time. Windproof clothing is recommended.

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Beautiful trail with some awesome views. Pretty exposed up top but we'll worth it.

Brad Geen

April 23

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