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Gold Coast Trail Running Guides


Trail Running Guides

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Gold Coast Trail Running Guides


Trail Running Guides

We hope you find the below Trail Running Guides helpful in tracking down new places to get your trail running fix - if there are any locations you'd like a guide for get in contact with us and we'll do our best to make it happen. See you out there!

HOW TO READ THE TRAIL GUIDES

 

Trail Name
km / VG
TH / EF / TF
RATING
KML FILE

km = distance of the trail
VG = vertical loss/gain
TH = location (viewed on the Google Map below)
EF = elevation factor (explained at bottom of page)
TF = terrain factor ((explained at bottom of page)
KML FILE = downloadable KML file for use in Google Earth or Smartphone (see bottom of page for smartphone app instructions)

 

GOLD COAST

SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK
MAPWEB

Warrie Circuit
km /
SBTH4 / EF / TF3
RATING:
KML FILE

Waterfall Creek Circuit
km /
NVTH1 / EF / TF3
RATING:
KML FILE

Woonoongoora Challenge
km /
SBTH1 / EF / TF4
RATING:

Purlingbrook Falls Circuit
4.9km /
SBTH2 or SBTH3 / EF / TF3
RATING:
KML FILE

Twin Falls Circuit
5.2km /
SBTH4 / EF / TF3
RATING:
KML FILE

LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK
(Binna Burra) MAPWEB

Daves Creek Circuit
km /
BBTH3 / EF / TF3
RATING:
KML FILE

Ships Stern Circuit
16.9km / 590mD+/- 
BBTH2 or BBTH3 / EF34 / TF3
RATING: DIFFICULT
KML FILE

Coomera Circuit
16.1km /
BBTH3 / EF / TF4
RATING:
KML FILE

Caves Circuit
4.9km /
BBTH1 or BBTH2 / EF / TF3
RATING:
KML FILE

    LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK
    (Green Mountains) 
    MAPWEB

    West Canungra Creek Circuit
    14.5km /
    GMTH2 / EF / TF4
    RATING:
    KML FILE

    Morans Falls Track
    4.1km /
    GMTH1 / EF / TF3
    RATING:
    KML FILE

     
     

    NERANG NATIONAL PARK
    MAP1 | MAP2WEB

    Nerang Nasty
    BLOG

    Nerang Nastier
    BLOG

    Light It Up
    KML FILE (6.5km)

    Light It Up - extended version
    KML FILE (8km)

     

    TAMBORINE NATIONAL PARK
    MAPWEB

     

    CURRUMBIN BORDER TRACK

    Areas near the Currumbin Border Track are private property - do not access without permission from the land owner

    General Information
    BLOG

    Tugun Traverse
    KML FILE (7.5km)

    House on the Hill
    KML FILE (7.2km)

    Piggabeen Explorer
    KML FILE (10km)

     

    OTHER GOLD COAST

    Polly's Climb (Neranwood)
    BLOG

    The Spit (Main Beach)
    BLOG | KML FILE (9.2km)

    West Burleigh + Burleigh Ridge
    (Burleigh Heads)

    BLOG | KML FILE (9.1km)

    Tallebudgera Creek + Burleigh Headland (Burleigh Heads)
    BLOG | KML FILE (10km)

    Coombabah Lakelands Reserve
    (Coombabah)

    BLOG

    SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND

    MT BARNEY NATIONAL PARK
    MAP | WEB

    Mt Maroon via Cotswold Track
    5.1km / 650mD+/-
    MBTH2 / EF127 / TF5
    RATING: EXTREME
    KML FILE

    Mt Barney East Peak:
    Up South-East Ridge, Down South (Peasant's) Ridge
    15km / 1265mD+/-
    MBTH1 / EF84 / TF5
    RATING: EXTREME
    KML FILE

    GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK
    MAPWEB

    The Junction & The Pyramid
    km /
    / EF / TF
    RATING:
    KML FILE

    Castle Rock/Turtle Rock/Mt Norman
    km /
    / EF / TF
    RATING:
    KML FILE

    MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK
    WEB

    Mt Mitchell
    km /
    / EF / TF
    RATING:
    KML FILE

    Mt Cordeaux & Bare Rock
    km /
    / EF / TF
    RATING:
    KML FILE

    ELSEWHERE IN QUEENSLAND

    BRISBANE

    Karawatha Forest
    MAP 1MAP 2

    SUNSHINE COAST

    Conondale Range Great Walk
    INFOMAP

    ELSEWHERE IN OZ

    NORTHERN NSW

    Pottsville Environmental Centre
    BLOG

    MID-NORTH COAST NSW

    Arakoon & Hat Head National Parks

    Smoky Cape Trail
    BLOG | WEB

    ALPINE REGIONS

    Kosciuszko National Park
    WEB

    Mt Kosciuszko via Dead Horse Gap (Return)
    Start/Finish at Thredbo Resort
    30.1km / 1250mD+/-
    EF42 / TF4
    RATING: VERY DIFFICULT
    KML FILE

    NEW ZEALAND

    For topographic maps of New Zealand visit: www.topomap.co.nz

    SOUTHERN LAKES

    Wanaka/Makarora
    MAPWEB

    Queenstown/Wakatipu/Glenorchy
    MAP (Queenstown) | MAP (Glenorchy) | WEB


    SMARTPHONE MAPS AND INSTRUCTIONS

    GET THE APP

    MAPS.ME

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Install the app on your phone.
    2. Download the desired track route to your phone using the KML LINKS in the guides section above.
    3. Find the downloaded file(s) on your phone and then choose to open it in the MAPS.ME app.

    To view your location on the map click on the left-most symbol in the bottom navigation bar - the map will zoom in on your location, shown by a blue arrow. As you move your location moves with you - which is useful for navigation if you are on the route or at a trail junction and unsure of the direction you should be going. 

    To get your location coordinates at any time, first click on your location arrow and then swipe up on the "My Position" text. You will then be able to view latitude and longitude coordinates - this will be useful if you are lost or injured and need to provide your location to someone.

    The app doesn't require cellular data other than to initially download the base maps.

    While you're out running we suggest you use the following settings on your phone:

    • Turn OFF mobile/cellular data - you will still be able to make/receive calls if necessary, but 3G/4G services are disabled.
    • Turn OFF location services EXCEPT when using the MAPS.ME app. To use MAPS.ME, turn on location services, find your location on the map and use the app. When finished, exit the app and again turn off location services.

    You need location services (GPS) turned on to use the app, but leaving it on at other times will potentially prematurely flatten your battery. Your phone is  important when exploring as it can be used for making emergency phone calls and accessing the mapping app - conserve battery life to ensure your phone is functioning if you require it.

    || FAQ ||

    DISCLAIMER

    These guides are not intended to be used for navigation purposes. Use of the guides does not substitute the need for the adequate preparation, training and safety precautions typically required for trail running. Be sure to notify somebody of your intended route and return time for every run. Ensure that you carry navigation equipment, appropriate topographic maps, food and water, clothing and first aid supplies for your running adventure. It is the guide users responsibility to ensure that they do not trespass on private property at any time.

    I don't like that I even have to write this, but such is modern society. Now go and get dirty.

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    Trail Guide Information


    Trail Guide Information

    Trail Guide Information


    Trail Guide Information

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

    Use the Distance, Terrain Factor and Elevation Factor to determine the suitability of a given run for your abilities.

    The trail grading system DOES NOT take into account the distance of a trail - it reflects the difficulty of a trail "per km".

    In practice, this means that a trail may gain an EXTREME trail rating yet only be 5km long. Conversely, a trail run of 50km+ can still have a trail rating of easy or moderate.

    It is up to the individual to determine whether they can tackle a particular trail rating and distance combination. When making a decision, it is also worth remembering that, in general, the higher the trail rating (i.e. more difficult) the slower the run will be per km.

    TRAIL RATING MATRIX:

     
    Trail Classification Matrix
     

    TECHNICAL FACTOR:

    The technical factor gives an overview as to how difficult the trail surface is to run on. It is independent of both distance and elevation.

    1. No trail running experience required. Smooth and graded surface without any major trail obstructions.
    2. No trail running experience required. Relatively well maintained surface, with minor instances of rocky or rough trail sections.
    3. Some trail running experience recommended. Trail surface is generally well maintained, but contains regular sections of tight and winding trail and/or rocks and/or roots. Surfaces may become slippery when wet.
    4. Trail running experience recommended. Trail surface is rough and regularly uneven, with loose rocks and exposed roots common. The trail may also be particularly tight and winding. Surfaces may become hazardous when wet.
    5.  Trail running experience required. The trail surface is extremely variable, with loose and uneven ground a feature. Large rocks, exposed roots and even the requirement to scramble on steep and rough terrain may be encountered. Surfaces may become hazardous when wet

    ELEVATION FACTOR:

    The elevation factor gives an overview of how hilly the trail is. It is independent of both distance and trail surface conditions.

    The elevation factor is calculated by taking the average of the elevation gain and loss (in metres) for the run, divided by the distance. The higher the number, the hillier the run.

    Example:

    10km distance
    400mD+ (total climbing)
    400mD- (total descending)

    EF = 0.5x(400m+400m) / 10km = 40

    EXAMPLES USING THE TRAIL GRADING SYSTEM:

    Coastal High 50

    TF = 4
    EF = 0.5x(1960+2025) / 50km = 39.9

    RATING: VERY DIFFICULT

    ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA 100km

    TF = 4
    EF = 0.5x(4400+4400) / 100km = 44.0

    RATING: VERY DIFFICULT

    BUFFALO STAMPEDE (ULTRA)

    TF = 5
    EF = 0.5x(4654+4654) / 75km = 62.1

    RATING: EXTREME

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