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this is a very interesting loop. I would rate it on the high end of moderate versus hard. I started the loop going up the steepest portion first and came down the less steep and longer side.

while it is a consistently uphill slope, the trail is solid and winds it's way in and out of forested areas with excellent views of Lake Routiti. the last section is very steep.

you can rest at the shelter at the top before heading down again. the track down has some deep ruts and is mostly in the open without shade. The trail ends at the lower car park, not the upper car park, so you may have another 10 minutes of walking on the gravel road if you parked at the upper car park.

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1 month ago

Note: This is the same trail as "Lake Rotoiti Lakehead Track." My photos include pics of the "Cascade Track" from Lakehead Hut to Angelus Hut (trail not listed on AllTrails).

Note: This is the same trail as "Lake Rotoroa Route." My photos include pics of the "Cascade Track" from Lakehead Hut to Angelus Hut (trail not listed on AllTrails).

Beautiful view of the lake and surrounding mountain tops on the way up and at the top.

Nice views on the mountains near by

Spectacular views!! This is not for the faint of heart. You must be sure-footed and in shape as there are parts of the trail/ridge that is very steep on either side. Lots of bouldering. We went back down via Speargrass. Remember you must have tickets to stay at all the huts in NZ. You must get them BEFORE you plan on hiking or else it might be sold out. Also, a note to tourists- you're in NZ now 1) please be polite and respectful to others you're a guest here and should act accordingly 2) take your trash with you, don't litter on the trail or in the huts.