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greenBlue Hooker Valley Track

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Trail

6.2 mile 10.0 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 449' 137 m
Descent: -449' -137 m
High: 2,882' 878 m
Low: 2,498' 761 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Almonzo Wilder

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Bad / Closed 16 days ago See History
Track is CLOSED at the first suspension bridge (about 15min in) for foreseeable future; flooding ruined the second bridge.

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Epic Southern Alps scenery every step of the way.

Almonzo Wilder

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

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.

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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Feb 22, 2019
Nicole Hess Wasko
Jan 28, 2019
Mondara Thotage
Nov 30, 2018
Greg Vassmer
6.2mi
Nov 9, 2018
Matt Schmitt
great hike. amazing views 6.6mi
Oct 29, 2018
Adrienne P
Oct 26, 2018
Marko P
Great walk, very easy and beautiful views of Mt Cook and surrounding mountains on a nice day. Probably busy as heck in high season though. 6.2mi
Oct 14, 2018
zeesix
Apr 7, 2018
Annisa Dea

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  4.7 from 18 votes

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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. Feb 17, 2018

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