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Hooker Valley Track

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Length

6.2 Miles 10.0 Kilometers


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Elevation

449' 137 m

Ascent

-449' -137 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

2,882' 878 m

High

2,498' 761 m

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Epic Southern Alps scenery every step of the way.

Almonzo Wilder

Overview

On a sunny day this is one of the world's greatest easy day hikes or runs. Seriously. Expect unparalleled mountain scenery, complete with knock-out views of Mount Cook and neighboring peaks, groaning glaciers, crashing waterfalls, rushing rivers, and icy lakes. The trail crosses three exciting swinging suspension bridges as it meanders gently through the wildflower-strewn Hooker Valley.
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers

Need to Know

This is a deservedly popular walk, so expect company. Mornings and evenings offer beautiful light and a chance to escape the crowds.

Description

From the trailhead at the White Horse Hill Campsite, follow signs toward Mueller Point and the Hooker Valley. The trail begins by meandering up and around a glacial moraine that obscures views of the valleys ahead. At the top of the short initial climb, the lookout at Mueller Point offers a first glimpse of the spectacular scenery to come. From the vista point, views extend across Mueller Lake to the glacier-clad headwalls of Mount Sefton which rises some 2,300 meters from the valley floor.

Beyond Mueller Lookout, the trail drops briefly to the first of three impressive swinging bridges over the Hooker River. From here, the route meanders gently up the Hooker Valley, and after the second swinging bridge views of Mount Cook at the head of the valley dominate the scene. Enjoy the amazing scenery in all directions and alpine wildflowers on the easy walk on graded trail and boardwalks. Shortly after the third swinging bridge the trail ends at a lookout over Hooker Lake. At the top end of the lake, the Hooker Glacier calves icebergs into the water and an unobstructed view of Mount Cook rises above. Once you're done taking in the scenery, head back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

The beautiful and endemic Mount Cook Lily is abundant on this trail. Also, watch for Kea, which can be found anywhere along the route.

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Jan 12, 2018
Simon Guichard
Dec 28, 2017
Matthew Kidd
Stunningly beautiful with a blue sky framed by crazy clouds
Nov 28, 2017
Rich Field
Best done on an blue dome day. We waited a week for ours and it made all the difference. Jaw dropping alpine views. Note: virtually no shade. 6.2mi — 3h 00m
Nov 21, 2017
Zachary Hamashin
Nov 18, 2017
Kate Meyers
Nov 1, 2017
Drew Herpel
6.2mi
Oct 19, 2017
Nga Huynh
Beautiful at sunset. Easy hike. Bring headlamp for the way back.
Aug 9, 2017
Matthias Höckh

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#354

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Matthew Kidd
San Diego, CA
Matthew Kidd   San Diego, CA
Best to start early if the weather is nice and aim to be back by 1 pm during the high season. This way you'll avoid a lot of late starting family traffic. 7 days ago

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