This is the most popular day walking peak at Arthur’s Pass. It is the only peak in Arthur’s Pass that is marked by a poled route to the summit. The climb gains 1100m height from the village and, on a fine day there are amazing views of the surrounding peaks. There are a couple of tracks that lead to the summit, Scotts Track and Avalanche Peak Track, both of which start from Arthur’s Pass Village. Make sure you pick up a detailed DOC map from the visitors centre just down the road.
In the winter this area has high avalanche hazards - be prepared with the right gear and know how to use it.
South Island ▷ Canterbury ▷ Springfield
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85% scramble, 15% tramp. Very steep all the way up but totally worth it for the views from the top. 6-8h is generous if you’re going at any sort of pace. Recommend the store at the bottom for generous scoops of well deserved ice cream ($3 2 scoops, $5 for 4!)
Steep and tough, rocky climb up the Scotts Track. 6-8 hours return journey but the amazing view from above the bushline and at the peak makes it well worth the effort.
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Not too difficult track with nice views (also in bad weather) and climbing parts.
Very, very steep but it is totally worth it cause you have a 360 degree view from the top.
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When good weather, there is a beautiful view over the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps. Track passes a steep bush area, Kea followed me while I was walking and were sitting very close to me (nice parrots).
Jared and Evi
Expect up to 8 hours of tramping depending on your fitness level. Pretty steep hike but the views and feel of accomplishment are worth it.
Isaliner and Mathieu
Probably the best track in Arthur's Pass. Better to start from the steepest way to go downhill more easily. If the weather is clear, the view of the glacier is very nice.
Very good views with a lot of Kea. The waterfall was very beautiful.
Really exhausting track! Beautiful view at the top!
Good track, you climb a lot and you will feel exhausted after it!
A very hard track (1800 metres just climbing up) - after that a very nice view, going down was also very hard! You must be fit.
An excellent and challenging 2 day trip with very steep or alternative flat climb to Avalanche Peak (both marked tracks) before reaching unmarked but not too difficult route over ridges and gravel pitches, plenty of easy river crossings, amazing view, very good hut conditions (except for the wood fire oven).
The track is steep but doable with little children (have to be carried). We had our 3year old with us and it was challenging but worth it. There was another family with a baby on the hill (half a year), much faster than us though...
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