Date: Sun, 05 July 2015
Meet in the Cleland Wildlife Park carpark at 8.15 for an 8.30 start. The meeting location is the toilet block on the north side of the carpark. The forecast is for sunny weather.
This route of 12 kms (with 390 m ascent/descent) explores some of the lesser-known tracks in the south and centre of Cleland Conservation Park.
The route includes the beautiful Mirreen Track (shown in the photo), as well as the Perimeter Track to the wildlife park, which allows you to gaze at wallabies, emus and bettongs which are gazing at you
I won’t be able to mark out the route, so please bring a printout of the directions in the Routes section, and/or download the map to your GPS device.
For afterwards, I suggest the cafe by the entrance to the Wildlife Park.
Like all the runs, this one is open to anyone to join in, at your own risk. There won’t be any water on the way, so please bring your own hydration pack or bottle belt.
Distance: approx 11.90 km
Altitude Range: approx 230 m
Total Climb: approx 377 m
From the car park, head south, crossing the main drive just above the carpark into Gate 28, where the signpost is to Perimeter Track. Immediately afterwards, take a left turn into a maintenance track, which leads into a path signposted to the summit of Mt Lofty.
About 1.3 kms from the start you join the Waterfall Gully-Mt Lofty Summit Track and turn left up it.
About 200m later, you come to an intersection of this track with a broad vehicle track which is Chinaman’s Hut Track (not signposted here, but it is later on). Turn right into Chinaman’s Hut Track.
Follow this track. On the way ignore various signposted turnoffs. After about 2 kms, at the bottom of a slope, you come to a T junction with Carro Track. Turn right, and you reach the junction with Mireen Track about 500m later. Turn left into Mireen Track.
About 2 kms later, this joins with Birriee Track. Turn sharp left into this, and soon afterwards fork left into Carro Track.
Follow this, and ignore the turnoff to the right into Chinaman’s Hut Track, which you came down before.
You come back to the junction with Mireen Track which you passed before. This time turn right and go down a steep hill to the junction with the Waterfall Gully-to-Mt Lofty Summit Track. Turn right into this.
About one km later, just after a bridge, fork left into Bilba Track.
Go up this, and when you come to a junction, turn left into Perimeter Track.
Follow this until you return to the carpark where you started.
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