Hike up two peaks with commanding views from the Ocean to the Main Divide of The Southern Alps. A Canterbury classic! 

Park in the gravel roadside parking area at the highpoint of Porters Pass. Follow the faint use path up the lower scree slopes of Foggy Peak northward towards the summit. Upon reaching the summit of Foggy Peak the alpine traverse to Castle Hill Peak becomes obvious. The hike between the two peaks is one of the best in Canterbury, a barren alpine ridge varying in width from one to a few hundred meters. The final stretch to the Summit of Castle Hill Peak is a bit steep and loose, and can be dangerously exposed in snowy conditions, so carry an ice axe in winter. 

Bring your skis if you like! you can tour the whole route or make a descent of the west face.

Pack List

  • The 10 Essentials
  • Ice Axe in winter
  • Anticipate high winds on the summit!
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RT Distance 8.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 3280.8 Feet
Activities Snowboarding, Chillin, Photography, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking


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