Avalanche Peak Route
Avalanche Peak Route
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Sandpiper52
Auckland, New Zealand33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
There are two routes to the summit from Arthurs Pass village - Avalanche Peak Track and Scotts Track. The latter is said to be slightly longer but less steep. Many visitors make a loop by going up one track and descending by the other. This would take 6-7 hours (depending on level of physical fitness, obviously). There is a third option - the one my group took. From the summit, descend via a long scree slope to the Crow River valley on the other side of the mountain, stay overnight in the Crow Hut or camp, and return to Klondyke Corner. This takes two days.

This walk is a serious undertaking which should be attempted only by those who are physically fit, are accustomed to walking for hours at a time and have suitable equipment (stout shoes, water bottles for at least two liters, sunscreen and so on). In places it is very steep with precipitous drops next to the track. It should not be attempted in poor visibility or in high winds. The rewards are fantastic views of Mt Rolleston, the Crow Valley, Temple Basin and more.
Written 3 January 2022
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Steve S
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Another great trip and very lucky to have a still day on the top. You do need a good level of fitness to fully appreciate and be prepared for quick changes of weather.
Written 18 May 2020
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dharris303
Curitiba, PR59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Challenging and rewarding walk up in Arthurs Pass. Many other friendly walkers were there and gave advice. Best to go in clear weather
Written 4 June 2019
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Catherine B
Christchurch, New Zealand387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
This is an amazing but hard walk to one of the peaks near Arthur's Pass Village. For most of the walk you are rewarded with stunning and dramatic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Do ensure that you take DOC's advice, take this walk on a favourable day without any wind, poor visibility or the risk of avalanches. There have been fatalities on this walk. It is a walk that will stay with you; the views are some of the best you will in this area. Take the Avalanche Peak track to the summit and Scott's Track on your return.
Written 5 March 2019
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Jirka Kotek
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
One of the hardest hikes I have ever done, but so much worth it. Take the avalanche trail up and the the Scotts trail down. Other way around it is much harder, especially the way down. We climbed 1000m elevation on 2km of track up. The view up there is something to remember. 360 panoramatic view over the Arthurs Pass and surrounding mountains including the glacier.
For us it was 3,5h to the top and 2,5h back. Do it really only if you are at least somewhat fit and wear a good shoes.
Written 12 February 2019
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mrlukenik
Southampton, UK249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
I recently hiked this trail and it was a very good experience. The trail was challenging but rewarding. As a loop, there are two possible routes Scott's track and Millenium Track. The former is less steep so, in my opinion, best for the route back down to the village.

The trail itself is steep and requires a good amount of scrambling required. Tree roots, rocks and sandy gravel make progress more diffcult. The trail is marked from start to summit, so a map is only really a back-up. Once above the tree-line is scrub, with a bare summit. Once at the summit, the views are beautiful. On a clear day you can see for many kilometres. The views of Mt Rollestone and it's snowfield are wonderful. At the summit is a section of knife-edge- to be avoided during high winds.

Overall a great hike, but not to be under-estimated. A reasonable level of fitness, experience and equipment are required to complete this trail. Plenty of water and layers are a must. If this seems too challenging, try Haley's Spur which is an easier trail. Would recommend.
Written 6 February 2019
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JanXZC
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
This hike is beautiful on a good clear day with amazing 360 alpine views. It is a track for those who are reasonably fit and experienced as there were loads of rock climbing (literally). It was fun though, as compared to paved tracks on other hikes nearby. I attempted the hike at the beginning of October and the snow was still rather deep.
Written 28 October 2018
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HIstvan
Paty, Hungary50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
I wanted to this walk for a long time, but I had rainy and foggy weather for the first time and I was told it was not safe that time. After the walk, I can understand why. :)
It is told to be a very steep and long walk. It is indeed steep, but I expected worse based on the information I had.
I went on a sunny Saturday morning, I took a really relaxed walking speed, but even so, I got to the peak in 3 hours. The walk is not too exhausting and after you leave the bush line, you get a stunning view till the top of the hill and back down.
It's really worth the effort, but make sure you do it in clean weather to get the full beauty of it.
Written 15 March 2018
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Ashleigh M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
I did this hike with my dad while we were touring NZ. We both enjoy hiking, are in reasonable shape and loved this hike. It is definitely hard work. For the ascent you should expect to be hiking uphill (and up rocks) the whole time - there are really not a lot of flat parts. Despite this there are lots of places to rest and it is interesting the whole time given all the changes in scenery as you climb up. The best part is at the top when the landscape becomes totally rocky. We were lucky enough that the fog cleared when we got to the very top so we got great views all around and even got to see the keas. We went up Scott's track and down the Avalanche peak one. I would recommend going up Scott's track because there is less loose gravel & more scrambling up rocks. Overall, this was an incredible hike. My legs are still sore 2 days later, but if I had the choice I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would 100% recommend to anyone who enjoys hiking & is in good shape.
Written 4 February 2018
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app63
Christchurch, New Zealand22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
Having not done any hiking for a while, we walked up to the second waterfall above the township and found the rocky route accessible and fun to navigate. If you have a reasonable level of fitness to pull yourself up ( in places) it's not a problem. Heaps more fun than going up all the stairs to the Punchbowl waterfall. Stunning views of the surrounding mountains, native bush, birdlife and of course, the waterfalls cascading over rocks and precipices. A "must do again" for us, but venturing higher next time. Stunning!
Written 21 January 2018
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