(draft) Trip: Key Summit to Boyd Creek
Distance: 58.2 km (39.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 305m to 1633m. Gain: 3843m. Loss: 3956m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)


From Lake Howden Hut to The Divide via Routeburn Track
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Distance: 2.9 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Surfaced walkway - Easy terrain
Altitude: 527m to 780m. Gain: 109m. Loss: 278m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Howden Hut follow the Routeburn Track up the hill and past the Key Summit turnoff, and down to the car park at the Divide. Simple!

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-07. Experienced: 2015-03-05

From Key Summit Turnoff to Pt1543 via Key Summit ridge
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Distance: 8.5 km (7.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 806m to 1525m. Gain: 865m. Loss: 153m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the turn off on the Routeburn, follow the track up to Key Summit and make your way up to the top of the nature walk where the Lake Marian lookout is. From the seats at the lookout head southeast across the bog 5 metres from the lookout and head south down the eastern side of a boggy tarn on the crest of a low ridge. A wooden footbridge crosses the bog and an obvious ground trail enters the scrub on the southwest edge of the main ridge. The trail leads southwards through the scrub for a few hundred metres. Once clear of the scrub the open Key Summit ride head southwards for kilometres, becoming the Livingstone Mountains. Head southwards, sticking to a light ground trail which normally follows the highest point of the ridge. An obvious fault line runs southwards from about Point 1086 and the ground trail runs roughly parallel to it. South of Point 1086 drop down to a cluster of tarns on the ridge with fantastic if exposed camping, about 1 hour from Key Summit.

Continue heading south, climbing past Pts 1115 and 1328 to the 1417. Tarns along the away provide more camp sites. Descend down to the saddle at 1361. Climb moderate tussock and scree slopes to gain the ridge northwest of 1543 and follow it up to the summit. The 360 degree views from 1543 are spectacular.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2020-01-16 20:05:06. Experienced: 2019-12-12

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Distance: 5.6 km (2.5 DOC hours)
Altitude: 1021m to 1500m. Gain: 510m. Loss: 211m . Gradient: 7 deg
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

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Created by: Don on 2020-01-01

From Eglinton River East Branch Camp spot to North Cascade Creek camp spot via Eglinton River East Branch/Cascade Creek Saddle
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Distance: 9.5 km (7.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 869m to 1098m. Gain: 109m. Loss: 319m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From your camp spot in the East Eglinton river flats flats make your way to roughly where the eastern tributary joins up with the main wast branch of the Eglinton. Cross to the true right to avoid scrub at the head of the flats and continue up river for about 1km before crossing back to the true left. Continue up valley as the river drops through a gorge at about CC09 135 093. The upper valley is all tussock with numerous thickly scrubbed side creeks but there is decent travel close to the main river.

Eventually reach the low, swampy saddle that separates the East Eglinton from the southern branch of Cascade Creek. Keep to the west side of the valley to avoid swamps and eventually drop down to the thickly scrubbed southern branch of Cascade Creek and cross to its true right side. Sidle around the head of Cascade Creek and make your way up the true left side of the northern branch crossing scrub filled side creeks. A large boulder field at CB09 148 163 is best avoided by crossing to the true right. Carry on up the creek until clear of the boulders and return to the true left. There is camping in the creek bed, the flat ground outside of the creek was swampy in December 2019. To carry on to the Duck/Cascade Saddle follow a spur on the true right up to the obvious low ground at the Duck Creek/Cascade Creek saddle about an hour further on.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2020-01-22 19:31:56. Experienced: 2019-12-13

From Forks Hut to Eglinton River East Branch Camp spot via Livingstone Mountains
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Distance: 17.4 km (8.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 791m to 1517m. Gain: 973m. Loss: 876m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Forks hut head westwards up the hill behind the huts and head up valley through tussock and occasional scrub. Under normal flows the Windon Burn can be crossed as required to avoid the worst of the terrain, but in general the open valley is pretty easy travel. After rain it not possible to cross the river until north of Pt 1397. A boulder field covered in scrub on the valley floor east of Pt 1557 can be avoided by crossing to the western side of the valley.

The Windon can be followed all the way to the head of the valley, climbing directly up to Pt1553 on decent scree, but a worthwhile route up to the ridge line involves going by the lake and swamp shown on the topomap. Cross a large side stream and climb the spur that comes off Peak 1711 at the 1060m contour and climb up to about 1300m before sidling northwards below the scree shown on the map. You'll soon reach a delightful area of alpine boglands and tarns with firm travel between the water features. Cross the outlet of the largest lake and climb directly northwards up onto the ridge line of the Livingstone Mountains at about Point 1508.

Follow the ridge line eastwards and either go up and over Point 1553, or do as I did and sidle under bluffs beneath it, at the head of the valley draining down into the East Eglinton. Sidle northeastwards across a mixture of scree, tussock and talus. Theres a lake at CC09 149 028 at the head of the northern branch of this first side stream which looked like it had good camp sites. Climb up to the ridge line between Point 1417 and Peak 1991 and then drop steeply down into a 2nd, larger valley containing a stream draining the northern slopes of Moffat Peak. Climb northwards out of the valley to the ridge line between Point 1305 and Peak 1731. From CC09 148 045 there is a steep but straight forward descent to the northwest all the way down to the floor of the East Eglinton, initially on rock/clay and then tussock and scrub. Skirt around bush and cross a large tussocky clearing to another steep descent down to a large side stream at the top of the East Eglinton gorge at 800m. Walk up the true left side of the East Eglinton, once clear of the gorge there are exposed camp sites by the river, or continue up the tussock flats for an hour to camp at the bush edge near where the eastern tributary drops into the flats.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2020-01-22 03:34:04. Experienced: 2019-12-14

From Sheltered Campsite, Upukerora River to Saddle north of Pt 1777 via Livingstone Mountains part 1
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Distance: 0.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 925m to 1436m. Gain: 511m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 30 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Multiple routes exist, up spurs onto the Livingstone Range, and down to Forks hut, but the route as traveled here heads north from the tree line campsite to a large stream draining the tops between Peak 1588 and Peak 1777 and then follows this up to where it branches. Climb the ridge line between the branches, initially up tussock then firm scree, all the way up to 1400m. From here begin to angle northeastwards to gain the low saddle on the ridge line of the Livingstone Mountains. The valley draining eastwards towards the Windon Burn appears to be bluffy southeastwards of the lakes shown of the map but a way down might be possible. T

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2020-01-22 03:48:20. Experienced: 2015-03-02

From Saddle north of Pt 1777 to Forks Hut via Livingstone Mountains part 2
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Distance: 0.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 776m to 1633m. Gain: 128m. Loss: 861m . Gradient: 39 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The ridge line of the Livingstone Mountains is broad and easy to follow so head northwards past Peak 1588 (sidle on scree on its eastern side) and follow the ridge line up to the base of Peak 1750. Peak 1750 makes a good side trip and is easily climbed from here. Drop northwards down steep scree and tussock into the valley draining the northern slopes of Peak 1750, and descend down on the true right avoiding numerous Spaniard bushes. Between 900-1000m cross the stream to the true left and descend down tussock slopes into the Windon Burn valley, Forks hut clearly visible on the other side of the river. Look for a crossing point , or make your way down to the 4WD ford and gain the 4WD track on the true left of the Windon Burn. Follow this up to Forks hut.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2020-01-22 03:57:30. Experienced: 2019-12-16

Distance: 14.2 km (9.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 305m to 1458m. Gain: 638m. Loss: 1258m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Make your way up the Upukerora valley to where the stream draining the southern side of Winton Peak is encountered and climb up through scrub to follow the stream to its valley head. Climb up through tussock and then scree to reach the ridge line of the Countess Range. Descend southwestwards down scree then tussock and make your way down to Walker Creek. Head southwestwards, keeping high to avoid swamps on the Boyd Tops, and keep an eye out for an orange marker on the bush edge at the southern end of the tops, to the left of the obvious low point in the tree line. Locate the well marked Boyd Creek track here and follow it all the way down to to a 4WD track. Drop down the 4WD track to the Boyd Creek car park and Milford Road.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2015-06-04 20:27:08. Experienced: 2015-03-01


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