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Milford Track: Glade Wharf to Glade House

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Trail

0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 80' 24 m
Descent: -77' -23 m
High: 696' 212 m
Low: 619' 189 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

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The first section of the Milford Track leading to green meadow surrounded by stunning mountains.

Tilman Giese

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Description

Milford Track is typically accessed by boat (although there is Dore Pass Track that leads over the mountains, but it is rarely used). The boat will take you from Te Anau Downs to Glade Wharf. At the wharf, be sure to follow the instructions and rinse your boots in the provided soap containers to prevent any contamination of the national park with freshwater pests.

The track starts as a gentle hike through the temperate rainforest. Before you leave, take a minute to soak in the scenery at the wharf at the mouth of Clinton River surrounded by mountains that are more than 3,000 feet taller than the lake. About three quarters of a mile into the track, the forest will recede and you reach a meadow with Clinton River to the left and Glade House right in the middle—with rewarding views all around.

The area surrounding Milford Sound is often buzzing with insects. Come prepared!

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Dec 18, 2017
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Approaching Glade Wharf, looking up the Clinton River into Fiordland National Park
Jan 4, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
Glade Wharf - the starting point of the Milford Track with Dore Pass in the back
Jan 4, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ
View from Glade House across the meadow up the Clinton Valley
Jan 4, 2018 near Queenstown, NZ

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