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A steep and somewhat exposed ascent that leads to spectacular alpine views.


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2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

4,677' 1,425 m

High

2,944' 897 m

Low

1,735' 529 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (9°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

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Not recommended in inclement weather due to highly exposed sections.

Description

The Pinchgut Track is a rather steep track leading up the western side of Mt. Robert. From the Mt. Robert car park, follow the well-posted signs to the track. The track climbs steadily switchbacking ever more tightly as you ascend. The first 0.7 miles or so of the track is quite exposed with occasional tree cover, while the latter half weaves through beautiful forest before emerging above the tree line. A short exposed hike takes you to Relax Shelter, a bare-bones shelter that can be used as a lunch stop.

From here, you can continue along to Lake Angeles or take Paddy's Track east to complete the Mt. Robert Circuit and arrive back at the carpark.

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Josh Rosen

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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in Lake Rotoiti

#13466

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in Lake Rotoiti

#133

in New Zealand

#13,466

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Lake Rotoiti is stunning. In the distance (center, with clear blue sky) is the valley of the Blenheim wine region.
May 12, 2017 near Wakefield, NZ
Relax Shelter is above timberline on Pinchgut Track. The Mt. Robert Circuit on Paddy's Track veers left at Relax Shelter, while an alpine route (Robert Ridge Route) continues straight on the exposed ridge.
May 12, 2017 near Wakefield, NZ
Nelson Lakes National Park
Nov 16, 2018 near St Arnaud, NZ

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