Avalanche Peak Track and Scott's Track Loop

HARD 15 reviews

Avalanche Peak Track and Scott's Track Loop is a 7.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sheffield, Canterbury, New Zealand that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from November until May.

Distance: 7.7 km Elevation Gain: 1,066 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

Please note that this is a dangerous area with avalanche potential, steep drop-offs, and uncertain weather. Hikers may see a glacier at the top and waterfalls along the way. The route shown on this page is a popular loop route. Hikers may also choose to do this as an out-and-back using either Scott's Track or Avalanche Peak Track. Scott's Track is less steep than Avalanche peak overall, but the technical difficulty and fitness level required to complete either one is roughly the same. There are many places with large steps; you will need to use your hands to climb. In good weather, it is still a safe track. Steep exposed cliffs are only encounter when you get to the top. Use caution in windy conditions. This track is on the dark side of a deep valley as the sunsets behind the mountains. The track will get dark earlier than sunset time and quite quickly. Plan your trip time accordingly.

hiking
scramble
snow
1 month ago

The best trail I did in nz. Icy snow on the track, Bring crampons or sticks.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Definitely one of the most challenging hikes that I've done but the view was stunning. The hike to the top required multiple rest stops because of the steep terrain. There's an option to climb to the final summit which is dependent on the wind conditions. It is recommended to make sure you pack lightly, bring enough food and water to keep you going for 8 hours. Coming down through Scott's Track was difficult to say the least. . I would highly recommend walking sticks to give you more stability as you walk - else, beware of loose rocks and large drops.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

completed in good weather and good track condition. Track was steep and have large steps in many places where climbing with hands is required. many places with loose rocks/gravel on the track; I slipped and fell once or twice. safety tip: when the terrain gets difficult, it's common to keep looking down at your feet to ensure good footing, but you will easily deviate from the track. make sure you keep an eye on the yellow/orange markers. went up Avalanche Peak track in 2hr 15mins with a few short breaks (20mins total) steady moderate-to-fast pace came down Scott's track in 2 hrs with a few short breaks (20 mins total)

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great views but not a easy one

3 months ago

Avalanche track very steep but great views all the way, amazing ridge to get to the top, pretty exposed! Then Scott's track was gentler on the way down

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Friday, April 06, 2018

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Featured Trails