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11 days ago

Amazing track, with forest and mountains. The track is not signed, you have to take the Devil's Pounchbowl track then go right upstair, on the sign "Aicken track". The track stop as indicated on this review with a beautiful landscape, but you can go up until the summit. Maybe 3 more km out & back, very hard and proper mountain, you have to create your own way, reward with a awesome 360 view at the top ! I needed 4h30 from the carpark to the summit, way back, but i'm a fast hiker, probably pretty much 6h out & back.

Nice stair workout going uphill, beautiful views from the waterfall.

Short and steep but worth it

Lots of steps

27 days ago

The stairs were brutal but the view was worth it. Did it back in February!

on Mueller's Hut

1 month ago

Pouring rain but clear morning was worth it. Stairs stairs stairs!
Feb 2018

Stunning Sean. Great if you like boulder jumping, we where with to boys 10 and 12 who loved it. You hear and see Avalanches this time of year.

Way to busy. It snowed in the night before we did the walk and even then it feld like a trafficjam. Seenery is great.

good day hike for fam & kids

Lot of stairs to climb but worth to do it.

trail running
1 month ago

it is pretty good trail but have lots of stairs, however very well maintained and view is perfect.

Amazing scenery especially on a clear day. Easy track as most of the ground is flat.

Stunning scenery.

3 months ago

Lucky with brilliant clear views on the way up. Knee high snow for about the last hour made for a lung-buster, but gorgeous, nonetheless. Probably took me 3hrs to the top with plenty of picture snapping. Made some coffee at the hut, then back down in about 2hrs. Low visibility on the way down, but plenty of my own tracks to follow, and fun snow tromping. Even if you only get to the top of the stairs section and don't go all the way to the hut--go for it. I think anyone could accomplish the stair part, if they take their time and just enjoy it.

4 months ago

Hard track with 1941 steps and after it's almost climbing

The view is awsome !

easy track with nice views !

Easy track with awesome views

amazing view and exciting to cross 3 swing bridges

5 months ago

Do you love stairs? Great views. Lots of stairs. Picnic table at the lookout. Last 200 steps were snow covered so a good walking stick will serve you well in June.

Easy walk with amazing views along the way. 3 bridge crossings.

It’s a pretty good track.

5 months ago

Amazing views

6 months ago

6-7 hours hiking and climbing. Make sure you have enough water and proper outfit.

This is a fun trail. Three suspension bridges, two lakes, a dozen waterfalls, and sideways rain.

6 months ago

Had a perfect day with clear skies. 3ish hours to the hut. Three exploring up there. And 3.5 down

7 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful scenery. Weather was a bit windy and rainy/snowy so the Keas weren’t out. It’s can get really cold up there especially after you leave the tree line. Be prepared to spend at least 6 hours. The way down is just as hard if you want to keep your footing.

Well maintained track with LOADS of stairs! We hopped over the fence at the end to see the base of the falls. A good cardio workout and super pretty.

Challenging with a 360’ reward

Great flat trail , views are stunning. Lots of people, but with views like this it's easy to see why. Most people are friendly and polite. 3 suspension bridges to cross both ways, bring a lunch and water. Good for all levels!

8 months ago

We climbed Avalanche Peak as a loop, going up Avalanche trail which starts just behind the visitor centre in Arthur’s Pass and down Scott’s track (the hike described here). Avalanche Trail is steeper than Scott’s and it is recommended to come up Avalanche and go down Scott’s.
This hike is pretty much as hard as it gets with most of the way up and down being more of a scramble than a hike over boulders, lose rocks and slick roots. But the views are very much worth it! Incredible 360 degree vistas once you get above the tree line. There are also quite a few of the insatiably curious Kea around - just take your time and watch them. They often even come right up to you to investigate your shoes, backpack or poles! Just please do not feed them :). Plan on taking the whole day - 7 to 8 hours if you want to have time for breaks and Kea observations.

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