(draft) Trip: Caples to Pass Creek
Distance: 30.8 km (11.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 336m to 988m. Gain: 906m. Loss: 929m . Gradient: 3 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)


Distance: 1.8 km (0.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 336m to 399m. Gain: 125m. Loss: 147m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Remaining on the TL, the track heads downstream although leaving the river 30m below. Just before the gate that accesses the parking area and trailhead is a track junction (the swing bridge that can be seen through the trees leads to the Lake Rere loop track).

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-12-31 15:17:36. Experienced: 2015-11-01

Distance: 6.6 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 360m to 416m. Gain: 70m. Loss: 36m . Gradient: 1 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A high quality cut, marked track heads up the true left (east) of the the Caples valley - suitable for all abilities and very popular. The track crosses the river on a swingbridge at Mid Caples Hut.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2016-03-16 22:39:28. Experienced: 2016-01-08

From Mid Caples Hut to Sleepy Hollow confluence via Caples track
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Distance: 3.1 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 393m to 440m. Gain: 54m. Loss: 31m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A good well used poled track runs up grassy flats from Caples hut. After 3km a prominent stream descends on the opposite (eastern) valley side. This is the outflow of the Sleepy Hollow lake.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-12-31. Experienced: 2005-01-01

From Sleepy Hollow confluence to Upper Caples Hut via Caples Track
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Distance: 4.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 436m to 474m. Gain: 73m. Loss: 39m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

An easy, well used tramping track continues up grassy terraces on the true right (SW) of the Caples. After about 3.5km it enters a second tongue of beech and soon arrives at Upper Caples Hut.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-07-13 20:49:01

Distance: 9.0 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 478m to 988m. Gain: 402m. Loss: 559m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A signposted turnoff on the Greenstone track points the way across the grassy flats towards McKellar Saddle. Once in the trees on the eastern side of the valley the newly rerouted track (2014) climbs steadily up the hill via a system of zig zags, but reaches the top at the same point as the old track. The new climb is significantly faster then the old route despite a longer distance traveled. Cross McKellar Saddle on boardwalk and then follow the good quality track down into the Caples. Its straight forward down to the signpost which points towards the Kay and Fraser valley tracks. There is significant windfall here due to severe winds from October 2015 but the Caples track is clear.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2016-01-14. Experienced: 2016-01-08

From McKellar Hut to Lake Howden Hut via Greenstone Track
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Distance: 6.4 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 630m to 715m. Gain: 182m. Loss: 117m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From McKellar Hut follow the well formed Greenstone track northwards past Lake McKellar and the turnoff to the Caples Track. There is an official DOC campsite near Greenstone Saddle with a pit toilet which is the closest "official" place you can camp for free to the Routeburn, 1 hour from Howden Hut. Continue on past Lake Howden to reach Howden Hut at the lake's outlet, on the Routeburn Track.

Last updated by: Bernieq at 2015-07-06 03:15:41. Experienced: 2009-04-10


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