Course Description – Hornets Hideaway

Nigel Preston

Prepared by Craig Green.

HORNETS HIDEAWAY – Medium 4.5km
(take note as you drive into the No.7 Reservoir on the left at top of car park loop is Gate no.10)

• Start at noticeboard at picnic area at no.7 Reservoir.
• Head South-East around car park loop and approx 30m off car park loop you see Gate 10.
• Run through fence gap at gate 10 up Cherry Tree Lane.
• Run past little power station and then turn right at 700m which is still Cherry Tree Lane.
• Don’t deviate and at approx 1500m you get to an intersection.
• Turn left and go up Swift Parrot Track.
• At just over 2km mark you reach the T intersection of Swift Parrot Track and Firetrail Track. Continue along Swift Parrot Track as the track goes past a fence and swerves left.
• You will now be on a straight stretch running next to an empty water catchment area.
• As you get to the end of the straight stretch go left and run uphill past the water tank on same track. It then heads downhill in the direction of the Calder Hwy for about 200m.
• You then reach a T-intersection.
• Turn left into Lookout Track towards No.7 Res and another straight stretch that looks like a roller coaster with 2 or 3 quick uphills and downhills.
• You will then run the first 700m again going past the power station to the finish.

HORNETS HIDEAWAY – Long 9.4km
(take note as you drive into the No.7 Reservoir on the left at top of car park loop is Gate no.10)

• Start at noticeboard at picnic area at no.7 Reservoir.
• Head South-East around car park loop and approx 30m off car park loop you see Gate 10.
• Run through fence gap at gate 10 up Cherry Tree Lane.
• Run past little power station and then turn right at 700m which is still Cherry Tree Lane.
• Don’t deviate and at approx 1500m you get to an intersection.
• Turn left and go up Swift Parrot Track.
• At just over 2km mark turn right into Firetrail track.
• At 2.8km you reach the highest point and follow the trail now downhill as the same track starts heading North.
• At 3.75km Firetrail Track merges into Thornbill Track but continue in same direction North.
• At 4.35km a T-intersection. Turn right into Thornbill Track as the track deviates towards the water course with a short downhill. Don’t continue along the EXIT Thornbill Track
• At 4.4km turn right again as Thornbill Track now continues along the water course.
• At 5.1km back to Cherry Tree Lane and go right for just 15 metres before quick left onto No.1 Track and water course.
• Continue to follow water course again for another 2.7km’s until about the 7.8km mark until you hit the intersection you were at the 1500m mark.
• Turn left there following the same course you did in the first 1500m in the opposite direction by running back along Cherry Tree Lane back past the power station to the finish.

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