We have big plans for more mountain-bike track development in the Castle Hill Basin. Please help us help you enjoy yourself at Castle Hill by giving a donation towards future track development using the Paypal donation button below (note that a Paypal account isn't required to make a donation).
Images from the Gravity Canterbury Enduro Race held 23rd February 2013 can be found here
Hogs Back Track
The Castle Hill Community has worked with the Department of Conservation for last six years to construct a track within the Craigieburn Forest Park
connecting Castle Hill Village with Texas Flat on the Cheeseman Ski Field Road.
The majority of the track construction was carried out in a series of community work parties over the 2010/2011 summer.
The track is now complete with approx. 8 km of
single track able to be used by walkers, mountain bikers and skiers to access
the backcountry (see the map below for details of the track route).
From the access road to Thomas Bush just west of Castle Hill Village the track climbs through beech forest onto the Long Spur ridgeline. After following the ridgeline the track then descends across the open flats below Long Spur to the beech forest at Long Creek. A ride through the beech forest is followed by a short climb up the true right of Waterfall Creek. After crossing Waterfall Creek the track then traverses across to the western side of the Hogs Back ridge before dropping down to Texas Flat (via Ernie's Mistake).
The return ride back to Castle Hill Village can be made by either taking the reverse track route or by riding 4.7km down the Cheeseman Skifield access road to SH73 and then 2.3km along SH73 back to Castle Hill (note this section of SH73 includes a 90m climb).
Track length Castle Hill Village to Texas Flat: 7.4km
Total ascent Castle Hill Village to Texas Flat: 425m
Total ascent Texas Flat to Castle Hill Village: 369m
Round trip distance via the Cheeseman Skifield Road: 15.6km, 525m ascent
1. Provide the local community and visitors to the area clear access from Castle Hill Village to the Cheeseman Ski Field road and thus the rest of the Craigieburn Forest Park.
2. Provide an additional trail head for access to the greater Craigieburn Forest Park thereby reducing pressure on the facilities at Broken River. Castle Hill Village has vehicle parking, toilets, drinking water and an emergency phone.
3. Increase the extent and capacity of trails within the Craigieburn Forest Park for hiking and biking.
4. Increase biker safety by providing off-road access from Castle Hill Village to the Craigieburn Forest Park.
5. Construct the track using best practice design and technologies to improve hiking/biking pleasure and reduce subsequent track maintenance.
6. Create a world-class mountain bike track that has international significance.
7. Provide a resource that encourages people to undertake outdoor activities and enjoy the unique qualities of Castle Hill Basin. This is in line with the objectives of the Selwyn District Council Walking and Cycling Strategy to encourage cycling in the Selwyn District.