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Lake Alta Track

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A trail to a picturesque glacial lake and Lord of the Rings filming site.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

5,905' 1,800 m

High

5,247' 1,599 m

Low

658' 201 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Hardy kids will definitely enjoy the views and ruggedness.

Description

This is a beautiful hike that starts at the base of the Remarkables Ski Area and goes to Lake Alta just beyond the edge of the ski area. It's not a long trail but the second half where it departs from the dirt ski area road and heads into the glacial cirque is rugged and steep in places. The trail features several ecological interpretive signs. Note: chilly weather is possible even in summer; we had snow flurries in January.

Lord of the Rings aficionados may recognize Alta Lake as Dimrill Dale where the fellowship exits the Mines of Moria after losing Gandalf during his battle with the Balrog.

Flora & Fauna

Sedges, rushes, snow tussock, sundews, giant white buttercup, snow marguerie, New Zealand edelweiss, moss capsules, Spaniard, grasshoppers, day-flying moth

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Matthew Kidd

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Edge of The Remarkables Ski Area viewed from the Lake Alta Track
Feb 18, 2018 near Arrowtown, NZ
Summer weather at The Remarkables Ski Area
Feb 18, 2018 near Arrowtown, NZ
The Remarkables Ski Area in the summer viewed from the Lake Alta Track
Feb 18, 2018 near Arrowtown, NZ
Lake Alta with water pipe being laid to feed snowmaking equipment
Feb 18, 2018 near Arrowtown, NZ
Hiker at Lake Alta caught in January snow flurries
Feb 18, 2018 near Arrowtown, NZ
View northeast from near Lake Alta
Feb 18, 2018 near Arrowtown, NZ

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