Gertrude Saddle Route Trail

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Gertrude Saddle Route Trail is a 8.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 8.4 km Elevation Gain: 662 m Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
9 days ago

First hike my bride and I did on our honeymoon. If kias could speak we’d be in trouble! We did it in December and had some snow patches to deal with. We had no real gear other than trecking poles and guts, but we made it, despite a ranger turning back because they didn’t have an ice axe. The views at the top were everything! Our favorite honeymoon hike. If we have a kid we’ve agreed to name it Gertrude, regardless of its sex.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Amazing views at the top. The path is well marked and equipped so it's not too hard to go through the steep parts. However, do not attempt it on a rainy day ! The rocks are incredibly sleepery when wet. You will need some warm clothes to keep you warm up there and be careful if you have bad knees/anckles as you walk on loose rocks most of the time.

recorded Gertrude Saddle Route Trail

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Gertrude Saddle has gotten extremely popular in the last few years - and for good reason. It's a fun hike with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The hike is about 8.6 miles out and back and took me 5.5 hours with an overnight backpack and sprained ankle. The beginning of the hike is through some trees, but the remainder follows a river/river bed until a short scramble and then a boulder field before reaching the saddle. The trail is fairly well marked, though I did get briefly lost coming out of the trees on the way back. I'd recommend downloading the AllTrails map just in case. The beginning of the hike is basically walking over loose rocks, so if you have a bad ankle like I do, be careful! The scramble section has cables, so it's fairly easy even if you aren't comfortable on rocks. The boulder field is well marked with cairns and markers and if you follow them, it's not bad. While Gertrude Saddle is very safe on a dry day, people have died when the weather has been bad. Numerous signs along the trail warn hikers of the danger. Do not attempt Gertrude if it has been raining! We were the only campers the night we stayed at Gertrude Saddle. It was peaceful, but very windy and cold! Be prepared if you plan to camp. @christinexploring Www.christinexploring.com

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Amazing hike. Definitely do NOT attempt if wet: there are lots of steep slick rocks. After the valley it gets very steep very fast, but definitely doable in good weather. Make sure you pay attention to the trail markers!! Once you reach the top there are a few different lookout points, all of which have beautiful views of the fjords.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Tough hike, especially when heading back down. You’ll have to watch your step as loose stones are everywhere. Phenomenal view at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Need to know what you are doing - otherwise it can be dangerous if you don’t. Never go if it’s slightly wet or frozen - as you are very exposed and scrambling. We went on a perfect autumn day and set off early. Managed to get up to the saddle in 1 hour 50 minutes (excluding break). HIGHLY recommended to all experienced hikers. One of my favourite day hikes in NZ!

hiking
3 months ago

Very steep and treacherous but the views at the top are amazing! Do not do in bad weather though.

hiking
3 months ago

Epic AF!! Scrambled up in about an hour and forty minutes. Just in time to catch the view before it got too cloudy. The hike alone would have been worth it though. Lots of rock scrambling which is my jam. Was still really beautiful but would have loved more time with the view. Definitely recommend on a clear day.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

I won’t say one of the best in NZ,it’s the best.and reach to the top to taste the glaciers is such a wonderful experience.But strongly recommend do it in a sunny day,don’t try to go to the top glaciers in a bad weather.the rock will be very slippery.

4 months ago

very beautifull hike, even for not so much experts! but a good weather is really necessary. half part of the hike is walking on big rocks where you can be afraid and fall if it s to much wet or rainy! i recommande this hike !!

4 months ago

One of the best hikes I've ever done! Do not do in rainy or even wet conditions! About one third of the way is stone. After the black lake please do not return already! You can enjoy an incredible view up to Milford Sounds if it's not cloudy! But you need to go up the steepest part after black lake.

rocky
4 months ago

We enjoyed this hike very much, but we are experts! It is a challenging hike, lots of loose rocks and very steep. No shade, climbing up a little wall (there is a rope) and crossing water from the river. It starts flat and easy and becomes challenging and steep. The views are nice, though there are peaks, that have the better view on the top.

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful hike that starts through lash nature, forest and high grew Reed grass. After the first flat section it leads over to Rocky, steep and stoney path. It is a hike for experienced hikers, due to the Rocky path and steepness. It takes 2 hours to go to the top for experienced hikers and up to 4 hours for avarage hikers. Also going down is tricky with all the rocks... Although, it is a beautiful hike. Worth every energy cell!!!

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

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over grown
scramble
5 months ago

The trail is easy first half up, some over grown areas with grass that you need to wade through. Once you’re passed that then you have to cross a lot of loose gravel to get to the steep incline up. The trail isn’t well marked, looks like a few poles have fallen over but people have stacked some rocks so you can find your way. All worth the beautiful lake and view of the sound and ocean in the end!!

6 months ago

Possibly the best day hike I have ever done. Beautiful waterfalls and Alpine Lakes all along the Trail and then a truly epic view of the Canyon and Milford sound at the top. highly recommend to anyone. A word of warning, there are sections that have Cables bolted into the rock face to help with the climb. The rock could become very slippery when wet. would not attempt this hike in heavy rain.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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