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Distance: 174.9 km (130.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 374m to 2207m. Gain: 13815m. Loss: 15146m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Prolonged rivers (4/6) Winter - High avalanche risk, iceaxe/crampons (7/7)


Distance: 11.8 km (7.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 396m to 864m. Gain: 804m. Loss: 336m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Just back from the gravel is a marker to the start of the track up the Beans Burn. Under beech, the track rises to a fixed bridge spanning the burn, crossing to the TR. A steep climb to a saddle and a short descent reaches a grassy flat with good campsites. The track resumes at the northern end and climbs away from the burn to 800m and roughly follows this contour back to the stream. There are several major slips and side streams to cross.

Eventually, the track breaks out from the trees and the rock biv can be seen more that a km at the other side of the clearing.

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-24

From Track point to Fohn Lakes via Fohn Saddle
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Distance: 2.7 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 979m to 1544m. Gain: 726m. Loss: 244m . Gradient: 21 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Initially in a small gut, the climb to Fohn Pass is fairly simple - go up. As altitude is gained, the pass comes into view - just head for it.

From the pass, climb to the right. Follow a square gut down until the lake come into view then traverse, losing altitude, to the lake. Distributed camping in sheltered tussock is readily available.

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-25

From Fohn Lakes to Park Pass via Hidden Falls Creek
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Distance: 14.6 km (10.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 593m to 1547m. Gain: 1217m. Loss: 1504m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Cross the lake outlet and circle the knoll to follow the outlet stream down a spur turning right with the stream and descend easily to the Olivine Ledge (1 hr).
On the broad shelf, head towards the knoll at 1200m (with tarn - camp possible) taking great care as many deep channels and holes could easily break a leg of the unwary. From here the terrain becomes more rocky and Fiery Col comes into view.

Cross the TL arm of Fiery Ck and pick up the footpad that climbs to the Col. Descend into the bowl below the col and stay on the TL of the obvious gut. The route down is cairned and stays close to the gut edge.

At the valley floor, cross a stream and stay close to the slope until through Cow Saddle (as the saddle is quite boggy). Once in Hidden Falls valley, travel is (mostly) fastest on the boulders/rocks in the dry river bed (the water is underground) until around the 780m contour.

Pull out of the creek bed on the TR, to avoid forest on the TL, and descend to the treeline at 720m and cross to a track on the TL. Follow the well defined track through a clearing (good campsite) and continue on the TL until a major side stream is crossed. Now look for where the track turns away from Hidden Falls Creek and immediately begins the very steep climb to Park Pass.

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2017-04-30 07:48:46. Experienced: 2013-02-27

From Rock Burn Rock Bivvy to Rock Burn Rock Bivvy via Point 1588/ Park Pass Glacier
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Distance: 0.0 km (11.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1002m to 1007m. Gain: 5m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 8 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

I want to delete this route but apparently Trip 454 is using it????

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2021-01-05 16:16:55. Experienced: 2014-03-01

From Theater Flat Campspot to Saddle between Pt1633 and Mt Nox via Southern Theatre Flat part 1
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Distance: 2.3 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 756m to 1523m. Gain: 768m. Loss: 1m . Gradient: 19 deg
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons, avalanche risk (5/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

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Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2021-01-05 16:31:41. Experienced: 2015-07-03

Distance: 0.0 km (1.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1595m to 1595m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 0 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Please delete this

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2021-01-05 17:26:34. Experienced: 2015-07-03

From Theater Flat Campspot to Saddle between Pt1633 and Mt Nox via Southern Rock Burn Flats part 1
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Distance: 5.2 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 697m to 1551m. Gain: 858m. Loss: 63m . Gradient: 10 deg
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons, avalanche risk (5/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Climb through steep bush.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2021-01-05 16:26:30. Experienced: 2015-07-03

From Saddle between Pt1633 and Mt Nox to Lake Unknown western inlet stream via Southern Rock Burn Flats part 2 part 1
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Distance: 2.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy terrain
Altitude: 1450m to 1743m. Gain: 194m. Loss: 339m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the saddle between Pt1663 and Mt Nox ascend easy slopes onto Pt1663. Easy ridge line travel leads along to a steep climb up onto Pt1732. There's some nice looking camp sites up here between Pt1732 and 1760 by tarns nestled in little bowls on the ridge.

The descent off 1760 starts easy enough, but as the ridge drops down to the saddle beneath Minos Peak it rapidly bluffs out. There's a very steep route on the northern side of the ridge line, involving a couple of short airy down climbs between ledges. Once past those, scree slopes dropping to the southwest provides easier travel down onto the saddle. Standing on the saddle looking back up, the route back up onto 1760 is out of sight on the northern side, and it is not obvious how you get up there!

Descend northeastwards then eastwards down the valley draining the Lake Unknown side of the saddle, a small stream not on the topomap leads the way down. The stream descends steeply down into the basin holding the tarn on the map at the head of the western inlet of Lake Unknown, flinging itself off some small waterfalls. Bluffs ring the basin so keep to the south of the stream and pick your way down steep slopes to reach the tarn. There's great looking camp spots here.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2021-01-05 17:48:26. Experienced: 2020-02-15

From Lake Unknown western inlet stream to Lake Unknown Bivy Rock via Southern Rock Burn Flats part 2 part 2
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Distance: 1.2 km (10.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 1155m to 1406m. Gain: 7m. Loss: 255m . Gradient: 13 deg
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons, avalanche risk (5/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

traverse the ridge then follow the creek down

Created by: Icefest on 2021-01-05. Experienced: 2015-07-07

Distance: 9.8 km - Marked route
Altitude: 414m to 899m. Gain: 387m. Loss: 729m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Marked track - Moirs guide

Created by: Icefest on 2015-07-02

From Theater Flat Campspot to Routeburn Shelter via Rock Burn track and Sugarloaf Pass
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Distance: 10.4 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 477m to 1155m. Gain: 576m. Loss: 855m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Head down Theatre Flat and follow markers into the bush on the true left of the Rock Burn. A short distance later cross the swing bridge over the river and follow a good quality track all the way down river through bush and flats with good camping. The track climbs up the hill past Point 844 and a sign posted track junction reached which points the way to Sugarloaf Pass. Climb and cross the muddy pass and follow markers down into the bush on the Routeburn side. The track drops steeply all the way down to a signposted junction with the Routeburn Great Walk. Follow the Routeburn to the shelter at the car park.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-11. Experienced: 2014-03-01

Distance: 4.9 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 754m to 1002m. Gain: 70m. Loss: 316m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Head south from the rock biv and cross the outlet stream from the Park Pass Glacier melt lake (a difficult crossing on slippery rocks in rapid current). Follow the Rock Burn down stream. A marked track drops down through the bush by the upper gorge and then its down more river flats to climb through the bush beside Point 908 on another marked track. Drop down to Theatre Flat and cross to the patch of bush half way down. On the north side of the bush is a giant boulder with a permanent fire pit on its eastern side and sheltered camp spots.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-11. Experienced: 2014-03-01

From Park Pass to Lake Nerine Camp Spot via west of tarn
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Distance: 4.5 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1174m to 1583m. Gain: 675m. Loss: 377m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Pick up the footpad west of the tarn and climb the spur to the large cairn, 1.2km from the pass. Leave the spur, descend and negotiate a small shallow depression (outlined on the map by the 1220m & 1240m contours). The route is infrequently marked with cairns but it is a steeply rising sidle across tussock and scree - dangerous in adverse conditions. Aim to approach the marked stream above the 1400m contour and continue to climb (on the TL) to 1500m. You can travel above the tarn or around to it's outlet - both routes rejoin in the lower saddle (1600m). Continue through the saddle and down to the small tarn (close to the left rock wall is easiest) and proceed to the Lake.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-23 02:19:41. Experienced: 2014-02-28

From Lake Nerine Camp Spot to Lake Nerine Camp Spot via Peak 1744 and Lake Nerine outlet.
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Distance: 4.6 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1468m to 1720m. Gain: 339m. Loss: 339m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Make your way up the ridge ling near Point 1580. From here the ridge can be climbed north and by picking your way up ledges around small bluffs, Peak 1740 can be gained. The view over Lake Nerine from up here is worth the effort. The rocky ridge can be followed north to Peak 1744 without difficulty. A ridge drops east from Peak 1740 which can be followed down to a low pass west of Point 1594 (the low pass is the route north out of the Lake Nerine basin). Point 1594 has great views down the Rock Burn. The outlet of Lake Nerine is reached via rolling, smooth rock ledges around Point 1508. The outlet stream initially drops gently for a couple of hundred metres down into the Rock Burn valley and has interesting polished rock formations.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-11. Experienced: 2014-02-26

From Lake Nerine Camp Spot to North Col via low route
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Distance: 2.5 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 1405m to 1587m. Gain: 254m. Loss: 141m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the north shore of Lake Nerine, walk to the west side and climb to the low saddle. From here, there are two routes to North Col.

The low route descends to the 1440m ledge and contours around to the gully below North Col - then up. There are useful cairns along the route.

If visibility is questionable, use the low route. The high route takes slightly longer (and would be very challenging in poor weather).

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2015-06-25 06:13:40

From North Col to Routeburn Flats Hut via Route Burn Nth Branch
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Distance: 9.8 km (7.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 695m to 1587m. Gain: 77m. Loss: 967m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

In Feb 2013, snow and ice was easily avoided. However, even in summer, the south side of North Col can be fully covered in snow / ice. Without appropriate gear, attempting the descent in such conditions would be stupid.

In good conditions, it's a long descent on boulders, scree and snowgrass. The line is occasionally cairned and obvious. From 1200m contour, aim for the gully to the right of the flattening spur. At 1020m contour, cross to the TL of the burn and pick your way down until a slip suggests easier travel on the TR (870m elevation).

From here the going is easy through grass flats - the start of the marked track clearly marked. Continuing through grassy flats, then around a significant tarn and into the bush, the track rises a little then descends to the final flats leading to the Routeburn Flats Hut. There is no bridge crossing the Left Branch but low flow presents no problem.

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2015-06-25 07:29:56. Experienced: 2013-03-01

From North Col to Lake Wilson Campsite via Serpentine Range
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Distance: 8.5 km (13.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 1406m to 1761m. Gain: 673m. Loss: 831m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) Winter - High avalanche risk, iceaxe/crampons (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From North Col ascend steep slopes to the south west through bluffs to gain the main ridge line heading south from Peak 1796. The ridge is followed as best as possible, negotiating bluffs and ledges as far as Point 1555 where it is best to traverse the western side of the ridge on tussock and rock ledges high above the lake at the head of Swamp Creek. It's then up and onto broad, flat topped Peak 1550 where the next small lake can be viewed. Moirs Guide North talks about descending a scree chute straight down to the lake, but this chute is very steep and full of loose crumbly rock. It is safer to head south west and drop down into the saddle west of the lake before passing through the saddle to reach it, 4-5 hours from North Col. There is exposed camping on the eastern side of the lake (the saddle acts as a wind tunnel from the west).

From the lake climb briefly to the south then negotiate numerous boulder fields east of Peaks 1697 - 1605, keeping within the 1400-1500m contours. You can sidle straight to the saddle at Point 1410 where there is a large tarn and more camp spots (~6.5 hours from North Col). From 1410, the main ridge line is followed all the way to Peak 1807, again negotiating considerable boulder fields around Peak 1604, bluffs, tussock ramps and ledges. Peak 1807 had large snow slopes on its eastern flanks in January 2017 which required ice axes to cross safely... we didn't summit as we were in the cloud. Traversing the snow just below the summit drops you down to the saddle between Peaks 1807 and 1795 from where steep rock and then snow slopes drop down into the head of the Lake Wilson basin. Climb/glacade down to boulder fields and then down onto flat ground. A large melt water lake exists in the flat ground between the 1520 and 1540m contours with camping, other wise there is numerous flat but exposed camp spots dotted around on the terraces at about 1500m, about 11 hours from North Col.

Cross a large gully beneath Mt Erebus and climb through small bluffs to reach the boulder field at Point 1578 and skirt around it's west edge. Follow the broad rolling terrace which drops down to the tussocky flat ground at the Lake Wilson outlet. There is a dry rock bivvy that holds 3 people just southeast of Point 1578 and north of the of the "k" of "Lake Wilson" on the map, on the southeast side of the ridge facing Mt Xenicus.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2017-12-14 18:17:26. Experienced: 2017-01-06

Distance: 3.8 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 1434m to 1875m. Gain: 471m. Loss: 467m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

There are several routes up Mt Erebus. The following are the routes I used. An ice axe should be carried into January.

From the Lake Wilson outlet make your way up the ridge to the northeast and on up to Point 1578 which is located by a large boulder field. Make your way across the boulders and climb up rocks to the right (south) of a massive bluff. At the top of the bluff it looked possible to sidle to the left (north) above the bluff and climb up to Mt Erebus but I sidles to the right (south) and climbed up through small bluffs via a series of ledges to eventually gain the ridge line at about 1860m From here, if theres not too much snow, you should be able to head along the ridge and up the south flank of Mt Erebus. The route down (which is also a way up) goes down the ridge to Point 1821 where you climb down its eastern side and circle around to the ridge line between 1821 and Peak 1829. Descend southwestwards here, down the true right of a small stream on rock, eventually into the head of the valley north of Mt Xenicus. Regain the ridge line above Lake Wilson and return to the outlet.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-08. Experienced: 2013-01-05

From Harris Saddle Shelter to Lake Wilson Campsite via The Valley of the Trolls
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Distance: 2.3 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1227m to 1434m. Gain: 311m. Loss: 118m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: the top of the gut used to climb to Lake Wilson holds snow into January and an ice axe should be carried.

From just past the bluffs at Harris Saddle head northwestwards off the track as if making for the southeast corner of Conical Hill and look for a grass slope descending steeply to the shore of Lake Harris. At the bottom of the slope you should find a trapping line with a ground trail that runs around the western shore of the lake. Follow this until you reach the entrants to the valley at the head of the lake, unofficially known as The Valley of the Trolls. Theres camping here on grass beside the stream. Climb through boulders on the true right of the stream to make your way into the valley. Once through the boulders cross swampy terrain to the valley head and cross the stream beneath the waterfall. Theres a rock bivvy located about half way up the length of the valley and about 40m off the valley floor. On the true left of the waterfall a grassy gut climbs all the way up to the top of the hill. Climb all the way up to a rocky shelf. The lake outlet and camping spot is at the northern end of the shelf.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-08. Experienced: 2013-01-03

From Lake Mackenzie Hut to Harris Saddle Shelter via Routeburn Track
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Distance: 6.9 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 889m to 1240m. Gain: 734m. Loss: 383m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Mackenzie hut follow the Great Walk up the zigzags out of the Lake Mackenzie basin and then along the Hollyford face to Harris Saddle. There's an emergency shelter here and a worthwhile side trip up Conical Hill with great views.

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2017-08-07 03:45:49. Experienced: 2009-04-10

From Harris Saddle Shelter to Routeburn Falls Hut via Routeburn Track
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Distance: 3.4 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 974m to 1307m. Gain: 127m. Loss: 393m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

There's an emergency shelter at Harris Saddle and a worthwhile side trip up Conical Hill with great views. The Routeburn Track carries on through bluffs above Lake Harris and drops down through a valley to reach Falls Hut. Climb down behind the helicopter pad here to swim under the falls!

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2017-08-07 03:49:38. Experienced: 2009-04-10

From Routeburn Flats Hut to Routeburn Shelter via Routeburn Track
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Distance: 6.6 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Surfaced walkway - Easy terrain
Altitude: 477m to 710m. Gain: 123m. Loss: 343m . Gradient: 4 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the Flats Hut turnoff, carry on down the flats and through bush to reach the car park at Routeburn Shelter.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-23 23:49:11. Experienced: 2014-01-14

From Routeburn Falls Hut to Routeburn Flats Hut via routeburn track
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Distance: 2.2 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 696m to 965m. Gain: 36m. Loss: 304m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Falls hut follow the Great Walk down the hill, where at the bottom you reach the short turn off to Flats Hut.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-26 23:18:46. Experienced: 2014-12-24

Distance: 3.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 393m to 399m. Gain: 11m. Loss: 14m . Gradient: 0 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Prolonged rivers (4/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Cross the Rock Burn below the hut and continue along he edge of the Dart River as far as possible (very dependant on flow level).

Scramble up onto the forested bank and pick up a footpad and head upstream, staying close to the river. Drop back to the river when possible and look for a marked entry to a track that cuts through the bush to the Beans Burn confluence with the Dart River. Cross the Beans Burn where shallowest.

Travel time is highly dependant on flow level in the Dart River.

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-24

From Lake Sylvan carpark to Rockburn hut ruin via Lake Sylvan
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Distance: 7.1 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 374m to 528m. Gain: 266m. Loss: 230m . Gradient: 4 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

A well defined track through the beech to the lake and along the eastern flank - boggy in dry weather, very wet after rain.

From the northern tip of the lake, the track climbs steadily paralleling the creek until attaining the saddle above the Rockburn / Dart confluence. A short descent leads to the hut ruin (now a campsite).

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-23

From Centaur Lake to Twenty Five Mile Hut via Little Devil Creek
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Distance: 8.2 km - Unmarked route, hard
Altitude: 543m to 2207m. Gain: 101m. Loss: 1664m . Gradient: 12 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Consider a pack-hauling rope for the descent from Little Devil Saddle

Created by: Icefest on 2015-07-03. Experienced: 2015-07-03

From Rees Saddle to Lochnagar Hut via Snowy Creek
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Distance: 12.7 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1121m to 1953m. Gain: 1294m. Loss: 1637m . Gradient: 13 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

Note: The sidle from the large basin at the head of Pine Creek to the ridge line overlooking Lochnagar is extremely steep and exposed and almost entirely on snow grass. You have to go through two sets of bluffs. A slip would be serious. Only attempt this crossing in perfect conditions and carry an ice-axe or other means of arresting a fall.

From Rees Saddle climb to the southeast past a couple of small tarns (good camping) and make your way to where you can observe the stream shown on the map. Moirs talks about climbing up high, but the area above the stream is covered in fearsome looking bluffs. Instead, you can drop down to the northeast down a very steep snow grass bank between a smaller line of bluffs. The bank drops you down to Snowy Creek and in dry conditions is relatively straight forward. Follow the true left side of Snowy Creek up valley to the the base of the spur under the 570 grid line on the topomap.

Climb the spur up moderate sloping snow grass almost to the top. The top of the spur bluffs out but simply sidle to the right beneath the bluffs until around them and then climb straight up on steep scree. The slope soon eases off and it's a further gentle climb on up the broad ridge around Point 1950. Peaks 2182 and 2223 both beckon as appealing side trips if you have time. Overlook the large rocky basin at the head of Pine Creek. By early February the snow shown on the map is almost all gone so it is an easy descent. Follow the infant Pine Creek around the basin and as it begins to exit the basin through a gorge leave the stream and climb gently to the southeast up the only easy slope north of Peak 2000. Take the flatish ground out of the basin and follow the terrain as it begins to drop down the hill. A small bluff to the south needs to be climbed through to reach the snow grass slopes of the sidle beyond, a narrow rocky ledge is the easiest route through.

Sidle the very steep snow grass slopes around the top of Pine Cree, keeping high as you negotiate small gullies and the odd scree slope. Pay attention to the line of bluffs dropping down from Peak 1896, there is only 2 obvious breaks in the bluffs, themselves separated by a small bluff. Take the uphill one. It looks almost impossible until you are right upon it where a narrow snow grass ledge leads you into the bluff and straight through. The ledge leads to easier terrain on to the saddle between Peaks 1896 and 1865 where Lochnagar can be viewed.

Descend snow grass towards Lochnagar. Scree slopes lead to a dry stream bed which provides good travel down for several hundred meters (the stream bed later becomes the stream shown on the map at CA11 525 536 which drops to the lake although in Feb 2016 it was dry the whole way down). Angle more and more leftwards (east) as you descend. The ridge line shown on the map dropping south from Peak 1865 is very rocky and bluffy higher up, keep to its edge on the grass. As you start to encounter the scrub band sidle southeastwards onto the ridge where a good animal track (Feb 2016) drops down it to the lake. Follow the animal track all the way down to the lake outlet. Cross on boulders here and then climb the slope to Lochnagar hut.

There is fantastic camping at small exposed beaches at the southern tip of the lake, 20 minutes from the hut, at about CA10 519 521. Cross rocky/scrubby/grassy terrain above the lake and drop down to the very small northern most beach. From here, simply rock hop around the corner on the lake shore to reach the 2nd beach or around a further corner to reach the 3rd. Both the 2nd and 3rd beaches have flat grassy areas to pitch tents on.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2018-01-17 01:53:26. Experienced: 2018-01-12

From Lochnagar Hut to Centaur Lake via Glencairn Spur and Creek
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Distance: 7.5 km - Unmarked route, hard
Altitude: 1091m to 2109m. Gain: 1620m. Loss: 602m . Gradient: 18 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

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Created by: Icefest on 2015-07-03. Experienced: 2015-07-03

From Lochnagar Hut to Lake Creek Junction via Lake Creek and Goatel Rock Biv
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Distance: 4.2 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 635m to 1124m. Gain: 60m. Loss: 517m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Lochnagar hut a lightly marked track consisting of metal poles and the odd botanical sign heads across the crumpled terrain of the Lochnagar landslide. The track is indistinct and overgrown but reasonable travel is made until you approach the north face of a large boulder labeled with a faded paint sign "Goatel". On its eastern side a small hole between the boulder and another rock leads down to the biv under the boulder.

Push through scrub and then follow a trail down valley that passes by a "view of the Lochnagar subterranean outlet" to quote the sign there, and clear the scrub to cross farm land lower down. A 4WD track is visible on the true left of Lake Creek. Follow the hill down to where the trail hits Lake Creek. Theres a type of cableway here to pull yourself across the creek other wise its an easy ford. Follow the 4WD track down Lake Creek to reach the farm land of the Shotover River valley.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2018-01-20 19:23:32. Experienced: 2018-01-12

Distance: 8.7 km (10.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1183m to 1820m. Gain: 898m. Loss: 1165m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Prolonged scrambles (4/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - High avalanche risk, iceaxe/crampons (7/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the small tarn at the head of the western stream flowing into Lake Unknown, climb to the head of the basin and then to the northeast onto the ridge line. Gentle slopes lead up to the 1540m contour over mixed grass and rock slabs, and there's clusters of tarns on the top of the climb with camp sites. Head northwest and descend down slopes to reach the large grassy area at the head of the large tarn west of Pt1544. This is the start of a staircase of tarns which form the northwest stream shown on the topomap dropping into Lake Unknown. There are great looking camp sites here but you are well away from the main attraction of the area; Lake Unknown!

Head around the western shore of the large tarn, and scramble through some large boulders above the tarn's outlet to reach the stream as it drops down towards the long skinny tarn north of Pt1544. Head around the northern shore of this second tarn to reach a point where you can overlook the third and fourth tarns of the staircase. There is more great camping beside the third tarn with nearby vantage points of Lake Unknown.

Northeast of the third tarn, ascend rocky slopes that lead up the southern flank of Mt Chaos. Following the natural curve of the slopes leads you up to the northwest and into the snow slopes shown on the topomap. In December 2020 the slopes were mostly separated by big slabs of rock. Going up the slopes, an ice axe was useful but not overly required. Come down them an axe would be required. Looking at satellite photos of the area, by late Summer the snow is pretty much all gone.

A large slabby ridge runs southwest from Pt1918 and upon reaching the crest of it, the first view of the large basin between Minos and Amphion Peaks (informally known as "Iceland") can be seen. If you drop your pack off here, it's a short 15 minute climb up the ridge to reach Pt1918 for spectacular views of almost the entire length of the Beans Burn.

The descent into "Iceland" begins on the northwestern side of the ridge, on the snow fields shown on the topomap (not present on the aerial photos from later in summer). In December 2020 an ice axe was useful here. Drop off the ridge and begin descending down into an obvious gully at the foot of the snow slopes shown on the topomap, keeping on the southern side. After a short descent, a large slabby ledge should be visible descending to the south. It is a straight forward descent down the ledge to reach more open terrain on the ridge that separates the Lake Unknown basin from the "Iceland" basin. Once off the slabs, pick a descent route down steep slopes into the stream draining the upper gully you just came down. The upper reaches of this gully look like a major avalanche chute, in December 2020 there was a huge slab of snow at the top of the gully waiting to come crashing down it, so early in the season don't hang around here! The stream offers a steep and sometimes unstable rocky descent down into "Iceland", more open slopes to the north provide easier travel, lower down.

The basin of "Iceland", about 4 hours from the third tarn of the lake staircase, is an amazing place, especially early Summer. Snowfields and waterfalls tumble off sheer cliffs that ring the walls of the basins head. Streams crisscross the valley floor, with low hills, presumably old glacier moraines but now filled in and covered with grass, dotted around. In December 2020 the head of the basin was mostly stony with the grassy areas boggy, but there were drier spots for camping further south.

The route out off "Iceland" climbs the slopes south of a stream flowing into the basin from the west. Grassy slopes lead up to the west initially but then curve south up a terrace under a line of large bluffs. The main ridge climbs from near Pt1545 up to the lower slopes of Amphion Peak via a series of ridges running southeast to northwest, separated by bluffs. Keep climbing to the southwest, always looking for a route up to the next ridge on its southeastern side. Once on the main ridge, its a straight forward climb up to the northwest, bypassing any obstacles on the "Iceland" side of the main ridge.

A large scree filled saddle exists at the top of the ridge, beneath the soaring bluffs of Amphion Peak. Begin heading west and then southwest to skirt around a boulder field, and begin descending scree slopes above an obvious gully dropping southwest underneath Amphion. Its a steep but straightforward descent of about 150m, looking to cross the gully where the large bluffy slabs end on the true right side. Smaller slabs provide an easy crossing point of the gully. Once across, climb steeply to the north. A slope of scree leads up to where a very steep snow slope in December 2020 hid more slabs. Unstable scree on the western side of the snow/slabs provide an alternative route up to the top of the ridge dropping southwest off Amphion.

From here, you should be to see the Park Glacier and melt lake if its not in the cloud. Sidle north across scree slopes. The area west of Amphion, above the lake outlet is extremely bluffy, but thankfully there's a good route leading almost straight down to the outlet underneath the bluffs, keeping above the bluffy terrain dropping into the lower outlet stream. The outlet exits the lake via a small glacial polished gully. Early in the season its a simple task to jump across the stream, keeping your boots dry, but later in the season when its full of ice melt you might need to wade across the outlet stream!

Bluffs ring the northwestern approach to the outlet, but there's a viable route up gullies and ledges on the northeastern side of the ridge. Climb up to the northwest and cross rolling terrain. A huge freestanding boulder on the southern side of one of the hills marks the ridge you need to descend to the west-southwest towards Park Pass. This is a tricky descent in cloud so a GPS is highly recommended. In general, you want to keep to the northern side of the ridge, but not too far north as you don't want to descend into that stream north of the ridge shown on the topomap. You also don't want to be on the southern side of the ridge, which lower down, was highly scoured out from the February 2020 storm. Steep, wet and slippery slopes in the middle of the ridge make descent tricky if you wander into them. At about the 1300m contour follow the natural curve of the ridge around to the south. Keep an eye out for a gully off the eastern side of the ridge. You actually need to get off the ridge into that gully as the ridge bluffs out lower down. There is a break in the bluffs at roughly 1240m, marked with a small cairn, that provides an easy descent into the gully. Once in the gully follow it down onto the rolling terrain of Park Pass. The large tarn on the pass provides an obvious land mark. A light trail heads down the hill from near the tarn to the Rock Burn bivvy rock, about 15 minutes from the tarn.

Head of western inlet to staircase third tarn: 1-2 hours.
Staircase third tarn to "Iceland": 3-4 hours.
"Iceland" to Park Glacier outlet: 2-3 hours.
Park Glacier to Park Pass: 1 hour.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2021-01-07 15:37:32. Experienced: 2020-12-16

Distance: 0.0 km (1.0 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1158m to 1158m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 0 deg
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Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2021-01-05 17:29:42. Experienced: 2015-07-03

From Split Rock Biv - Beansburn to Track point via Beans Burn
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Distance: 2.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 861m to 985m. Gain: 133m. Loss: 12m . Gradient: 4 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
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200m upstream of the rock biv, cross to the TL and head towards the obvious saddle, picking up a useful footpad. From the saddle, follow a rocky gut almost to the river and pick up a dry (in normal flow) anabranch and follow to just short of the climb point. Pull out of the shallow rocky bed and cross to the TR and the climb point.

Created by: Bernieq on 2015-06-22. Experienced: 2013-02-24


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