From Ruby Lake Campsite to Waingaro Saddle via Lockett Range tops
Distance: 7.4 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1282m to 1645m. Gain: 1002m. Loss: 984m . Gradient: 16 deg (Moderate)
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With a stiff climb directly away from the lake to gain the ridge as comparison, the traverse to Mt Benson is a gently rise.

From the summit, continue NW along the Lockett Range a short distance to SH1672 and a big scree then tussock descent to the base of a greywacke gendarme that forces a sidle on the left (Cobb Valley) side under SH1503. Regaining the ridge, continue to descend (perhaps with a small deviation to tarns on the left) to the 1340m contour where a bluff forces a diversion to the left, dropping into the trees before contouring around to regain the ridge in a saddle.

After climbing a knoll the track swings west then climbs again, swinging back to the north. Passing a small tarn (accessible water, usually), the track rises through a hanging valley (good camping) under Waingaro Peak to the track junction - left and down to Fenella Hut or up and right to sidle under Waingaro on the route to Lonely Lake.

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2017-04-14 22:46:55. Experienced: 2017-03-01
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