Trip: Mt Pollux
Length: from 3.0 up to 4.0 days
Distance: 51.5 km (37.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Hard terrain
Altitude: 320m to 2506m. Gain: 2896m. Loss: 2891m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)

Mountaineering to Mt Pollux summit via Wilkin River


From Kerin Forks Hut to Top Forks Hut via Wilkin Track
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Distance: 14.1 km (4.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 320m to 613m. Gain: 382m. Loss: 117m . Gradient: 2 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Kerin Forks Hut markers lead into the trees and head up valley on a good track. It's steady progress up to Jumboland Flats, but a number of the side streams crossed a long the way potentially become uncrossable after heavy rain. It's 2 hours to Jumboland where there is good camping on both sides of the river. The Wilkin is knee deep and crossable here under normal conditions but has a strong current. Carrying on up river the track climbs up above a gorge before dropping down to the extensive upper flats. The marked track sticks to the true right the whole way up and climbs very steeply up and over Peak 710 over a flood route. It is far easier under normal flows to cross to the true left and go up valley past Peak 710 before crossing back past the hill. The area around the small lakes between Peak 710 and the airstrip shown on this map is full of overgrown boulders (an ancient land slide) and is best avoided by either sticking to the river bank or hard against the northern bush edge. Once past Peak 710 its a short walk around the hill to Top Forks Hut.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-08-03. Experienced: 2011-01-01

From Top Forks Hut to Mt Pollux Campspot via North Branch Wilkin Track & scrub bash to bushline
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Distance: 3.6 km (4.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Hard terrain
Altitude: 597m to 1134m. Gain: 545m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: 9 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow North Branch Wilkin Track past Lake Diana. Easy travel up the streambed initially before tackling the scrub on the TL to reach bushline. Easy tussock slopes above.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-02-21 19:08:22. Experienced: 2015-01-21

NZTM2000: 1271769, 5092390 (alt: 1134m)

Small level site on the tussock.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-01-21

From Mt Pollux Campspot to Mt Pollux via Rockband direct to Pollux slopes
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Distance: 3.1 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear
Altitude: 1134m to 2506m. Gain: 1389m. Loss: 17m . Gradient: 28 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow tussock slopes up and slightly left heading for the flattish area behind the 'pyramid' below the icecliffs. Tackle the rockband directly, probably safer as not directly under the icecliffs but slower as rockclimbing is needed. From top of rockband, follow steep snowslope to reach the main glacier at around 1850m. Follow slopes up and across to the main ridge. Cross ridge at around 2240m to the Donald Glacier. Follow slopes up to reach summit pyramid, follow ridge to summit.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-02-21 19:24:24. Experienced: 2015-01-22


NZTM2000: 1270446, 5094033 (alt: 2504m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-01-22

From Mt Pollux to Mt Pollux Campspot via Mountaineering route bypassing rockband
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Distance: 3.3 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard
Altitude: 1134m to 2501m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 1367m . Gradient: 26 deg
Skills: Mountaineering (6/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

Follow tussock slopes up and left to the flattish area behind the 'pyramid'. This route is threatened by icecliffs but is not technical. Traverse L, crossing the main stream and scramble up and R to reach the top of the rockband. Climb the steep snowslope to reach the main glacier at around 1850m. Follow slopes up and L to reach and cross the main ridge at around 2240m to the Donald Glacier. Follow slopes up to reach the main ridge be

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:31. Experienced: 2015-01-22

From Mt Pollux Campspot to Track Junction via Tussock & scrub slopes
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Distance: 1.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, hard - Hard terrain
Altitude: 795m to 1134m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 339m . Gradient: 21 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Descend tussock slopes and then scrub to reach to open grasslands, traverse to reach the track junction.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:31. Experienced: 2015-01-23

NZTM2000: 1271769, 5092390 (alt: 1134m)

Small level site on the tussock.

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-01-21

NZTM2000: 1272354, 5091842 (alt: 795m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-01-23


NZTM2000: 1272354, 5091842 (alt: 795m)

Created by: Megturnbull on 2021-02-21. Experienced: 2015-01-23

From Track Junction to Top Forks Hut via Lakes Lucidus & Castalia
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Distance: 12.5 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 597m to 1126m. Gain: 463m. Loss: 649m . Gradient: 5 deg
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Follow North Branch Wilkin track to Lake Lucidus and reverse back to junction, follow North Branch Wilkin track to Lake Castalia, then reverse back to junction and then onto Top Forks Hut.

Last updated by: Megturnbull at 2021-03-03 23:47:40. Experienced: 2015-01-23

NZTM2000: 1272087, 5089433

Serviced Hut

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-07-17 20:31:07


From Top Forks Hut to Kerin Forks Hut via Wilkin Track
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Distance: 14.1 km (4.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 320m to 613m. Gain: 117m. Loss: 382m . Gradient: 2 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

From Kerin Forks Hut markers lead into the trees and head up valley on a good track. It's steady progress up to Jumboland Flats, but a number of the side streams crossed a long the way potentially become uncrossable after heavy rain. It's 2 hours to Jumboland where there is good camping on both sides of the river. The Wilkin is knee deep and crossable here under normal conditions but has a strong current. Carrying on up river the track climbs up above a gorge before dropping down to the extensive upper flats. The marked track sticks to the true right the whole way up and climbs very steeply up and over Peak 710 over a flood route. It is far easier under normal flows to cross to the true left and go up valley past Peak 710 before crossing back past the hill. The area around the small lakes between Peak 710 and the airstrip shown on this map is full of overgrown boulders (an ancient land slide) and is best avoided by either sticking to the river bank or hard against the northern bush edge. Once past Peak 710 its a short walk around the hill to Top Forks Hut.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-08-03. Experienced: 2011-01-01


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