Snowbound until late May.
Example: This route towers above Queenstown and offers a rare opportunity to ascend a lofty New Zealand peak via a well-trodden hiking route.
Expect a seriously steep hike along exposed ridgelines with panoramic views gracing the entire route.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need To Know
Example: There is very little shade after the first 2 miles, and the summer sun can be brutal. There are some rocky sections - careful of your ankles!
Sinker Creek starts off the Eastside Trail
and begins with a long descent. The trail features moderate grades and twists its way down. After the descent, you'll come to a large creek crossing. From here the trail will climb again and traverse through the forests. Once again you'll reach a high point and then begin a second descent into Sinker Creek. Once at the bottom of Sinker Creek you'll make one final climb back to the Eastside Trail
The trail is tucked in a dense forest over the entire length and wildlife can be seen in the morning if you keep your eyes open.
This trail does not see the traffic seen on Eastside Trail
, so make sure you are prepared for breakdowns or injuries, since you may not see anyone on this trail all day.
Flora & Fauna
Example: You will find vast wildflowers featuring Rocky Mountain Columbine from July-September. Marmots are easy to spot, and moose if you're lucky!
History & Background
Example: There are rusting remains at the tip of Heyward Point of a winch system that was once used to haul gas tanks from the water to a light beacon on the headland.