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Trail Ratings


Trail Running Guides

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Trail Ratings


Trail Running Guides

CALCULATING TRAIL RATINGS

Technical Factor - refers to the trail surface:
T1 (easy): well graded, few obstructions
T2 (moderate): generally well graded, minor obstructions, some rocks
T3 (challenging): rough, with regular obstructions and rocks
T4 (hard): very rough, rocky and/or rooty, often slippery or loose

Elevation Factor - refers to the combined amount of ascent/descent:
E1 (easy): E < 20
E2 (moderate): 20 < E < 60
E3 (challenging): 60 < E < 100
E4 (hard): E > 100

where E = [Vertical Gain (m) + Vertical Loss (m)] / Distance (km)

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Australian Trail Running


Australian

Trail Running Guides

 

Australian Trail Running


Australian

Trail Running Guides

 

GOLD COAST

SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK
MAPWEB

Warrie Circuit
13km, 550mD+/-
KML FILE
Ratings: T2 / E3

Purlingbrook Falls Circuit
4.5km, 185mD+/-
KML FILE
Ratings: T2 / E3

Twin Falls Circuit
5km, 220mD+/-
KML FILE
Ratings: T2 / E3

LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK
(Binna Burra) MAPWEB

Ships Stern Circuit
16.9km, 590mD+/-
KML FILE
Ratings: T3 / E3

Coomera Circuit
17km, 630mD+/-
KML FILE
Ratings: T3 / E3

Daves Creek Circuit
km /
RATING:
KML FILE

    LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK
    (Green Mountains) 
    MAPWEB

    West Canungra Creek Circuit
    14.5km /
    RATING:
    KML FILE

    Morans Falls Track
    4.1km /
    RATING:
    KML FILE

     
     

    NERANG NATIONAL PARK
    MAP1 | MAP2WEB

    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

    Tugun Traverse
    KML FILE (7.5km)

    House on the Hill
    KML FILE (7.2km)

    Piggabeen Explorer
    KML FILE (10km)

     

    OTHER GOLD COAST

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

    West Burleigh + Burleigh Ridge
    (Burleigh Heads)

    KML FILE (9.1km)

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

    SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND

    MT BARNEY NATIONAL PARK
    MAP | WEB

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

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

    GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK
    MAPWEB

    The Junction & The Pyramid
    km /
    RATING: DIFFICULT
    KML FILE

    Castle Rock/Turtle Rock/Mt Norman
    km /
    RATING: DIFFICULT
    KML FILE

    MAIN RANGE NATIONAL PARK
    WEB

    Mt Mitchell
    km /
    RATING: VERY DIFFICULT
    KML FILE

    Mt Cordeaux & Bare Rock
    km /
    RATING: DIFFICULT
    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+/-
    RATING: VERY DIFFICULT
    KML FILE


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    New Zealand Trail Running


    New Zealand

    Trail Running Guides

    New Zealand Trail Running


    New Zealand

    Trail Running Guides

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

    SOUTHERN LAKES

    Wanaka/Makarora
    MAPWEB

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

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    Usage Guide


    Smartphone

    Usage Guide

    Usage Guide


    Smartphone

    Usage Guide

    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.

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    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.