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Key Summit

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Trail

4.7 mile 7.6 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,389' 423 m
Descent: -1,389' -423 m
High: 3,080' 939 m
Low: 1,733' 528 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by Almonzo Wilder

Spectacular views of some of Fiordland's finest scenery from an easily attained summit.

Almonzo Wilder

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Overview

Key Summit is an outstanding easy excursion from the Milford Road or a quick side-trip from the Routeburn Track. Its position at the intersection of multiple major valley systems gives Key Summit commanding views of several of Fiordland's spectacular mountain ranges. The popularity of this track is well-deserved.

Description

The climb to Key Summit begins at The Divide trailhead, and starts on the Routeburn Track heading toward the Lake Howden and Lake Mackenzie Huts. The track is well graded and passes through pleasant forest with limited views. After a gradual climb a signed intersection points the way to the Key Summit Track, which veers above the Routeburn. The smooth track heads uphill via a series of moderate switchbacks.

As the trail emerges from the forest, there are outstanding views down the Hollyford Valley as a taste of the more expansive views to come. Near the top of the climb the trail forks as part of a worthwhile nature loop. The route meanders on the high summit ridge, past beautiful tarns and with many outstanding viewpoints. The turnaround point is the Lake Marian Viewpoint, where you can just see Lake Marian perched in a high hanging valley in the Darran Mountains across the Hollyford Valley. After completing the summit nature loop, head back down the way you came.

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Apr 22, 2019
Tyler Pantle
Well-built, easy hike with great views 4.7mi — 2h 45m
Apr 20, 2019
Emily Leland KH
Mar 18, 2019
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2h 20m
Dec 26, 2018
Ryan Phin
Dec 23, 2018
Debbie K
4.7mi
Nov 26, 2018
Greg Vassmer
4.7mi
Nov 24, 2018
Sally Mimms
Rainy day, view somewhat obscured but an all gravel/rock trail is nice on a rainy day. 4.2mi — 2h 30m
Oct 17, 2018
Marko P
Beautiful views at top, nice hike, short and sweet. Great for the day. Go on a clear day for sure for Mountain views 4.7mi

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