Alex Knob Track

Alex Knob Track, Franz Josef: Address, Alex Knob Track Reviews: 5/5

Alex Knob Track

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Napier, New Zealand12 contributions
Big hike through the rain forest
Mar 2020 • Friends
It’s a big hike through the rainforest to make it to the Alex Knob peak at 1303m. Do the hike only on a clear day to have a better chance of being rewarded with a beautiful view of the Franz Josef qlacier (because weather can always change). We did it in a 6,5 hour return. Sadly we didn’t have a view of the glacier at the top due to clouds.. We saw the glacier on the other two lookouts on the route though! Have some boots with good grip and expect some climbing with your hands! It can be very slippery!
Written 20 March 2020
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An Excellent Day in the Mountains
Feb 2020 • Couples
Start at Lake Wombat car park on the glacier access road just out of Franz Josef. DOC signs indicate the walk details and a time of 8 hours.

A good path works up the mountain through the forest. Views come at 700m at Rata Lookout and then at 900m at Christmas Tree Lookout. You escape the tree line at the col with Louise Peak 1188m. Poles mark the path to the summit 1303m. It took us 4 hours to the summit. A massive orientation table is available if you are tall enough! The true summit is a few meters along the ridge. Our summit weather was poor but still we had exciting glimpses of the Franz Josef glacier. Must be great on a good day!

Return by the same route. Consider a short detour to Lake Wombat (a kettle lake former by a giant block of ice).

Round trip took us 7h 45min.

This is a much better route than the track to Mt Fox.
Written 24 February 2020
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