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The Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Mount Kosciuszko

Jacqui Slack runs Australia’s highest mountain on a 25 km/16 miles challenge that boasts one of the only places on the continent with snow on it all year long.

When I think of trail running, beauty and challenge all in one, I think of the 25 km/16 miles run around the highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko. With an elevation of 2230 m /7310 FT, it has everything: technical aspects, steep climbs, fast flat sections and never is the run the same. I just love it.

The best way I tell people to do it is to run with someone else. I run it with my fiancé (who also happens to be a professional athlete) because the beauty of the mountain is incredible to take in together. We love in general not knowing what is coming up around the next bend and this is certainly one of those runs. It is truly an adventure and as you get higher, not only does it get more beautiful but also more full of surprises. It’s one of the only places in all of Australia that can have snow any time of year – definitely a big deal!

The most spectacular part of this run is that you feel like you are on top of the world, all alone. I just love the serenity and peace when I’m up there.

Spring, summer and autumn are usually when the trail up via Charlotte Pass is at its “easiest” but don’t be fooled – the way to the top still has everything needed to challenge all types of runner.

There are always parts where you’ll be scrambling down rocky slopes, steep climbs up slippery paths and technical down hills that really test a trail runner’s abilities.

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In winter, heavy snow and ice often make running to the summit an impossibility, but summer really is perfect for those longs runs up.

There’s nothing like standing at the top and breathing in that crisp air, looking out across the beautiful Snowy Mountains region at neighboring Mt.

Townsend or at the National Park below and just feeling like you’re in a world of your own.

25
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The Mount Kosciuszko trail is super easy to get to with only a 3-hour drive from Australia’s capital, Canberra and close to the town of Jindabyne.  The trail is well signposted more often than not. Just follow your nose and expect the unexpected.
On Cloudventure - Trail Shoe
Mile 1
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
Mile 2
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
Mile 3
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
Mile 4
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
Mile 5
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
Mile 6
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
Mile 7
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
Mile 8
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
Mile 9
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
Mile 10
Elevation 4,937 FT
Grade 1.8 %
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Mount Kosciuszko
Trail
2230 m
Elevation
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