2 Rankers Reviews
South Island ▷ Queenstown Region ▷ Glenorchy
It’s lovely at the top but it’s almost entirely covered by trees, which is fine but after doing a few walks here I would like a bit of a view ... we started at the DOC campsite and it took 6 hours of back country bush bashing and dodgy hops and balances with no view to reach the sugar loaf pass. We followed a crystal clear river almost right to the top which was nice. We camped up the pass - not many hard spots but we found one - make sure to double triple check the weather first. It’s lovely and beautiful and silent! But I imagine the weather can be harsh - we woke to ice on our tent. Most people camp at theatre flat I think. Super quiet walk, only saw two people in the morning. The walk down was lovely, to the routeburn car park. Just a two hour amble down an easier track with luscious mossy green atmosphere and a beautiful river water fall spot. If it weren’t for the really difficult 6 hour beginning I’d recommend it - maybe start at the other end and walk to sugar loaf then theatre flat. We didn’t go to theatre flat because we were fed up of the path!
Lovely track, almost entirely covered with trees - amazing chasm and river. Very enjoyable but a little long!