Hike to Gertrude Saddle

New Zealand Gertrude Saddle Track

Added by Josiah Roe

Breathtaking views of the Gertrude Valley, Mount Crosscut, and part of Milford Sound in the Fjordlands. The Gertrude Saddle track is an excellent day-hike, passing through the glaciated Gertrude Valley past waterfalls and alpine lakes ending with a fantastic view.

The trail begins at the signposted car park along Milford Road just before the Homer Tunnel, about 98km from Te Anau. Follow the marked track through the valley and left, steeply uphill. About halfway up you will cross the Gertrude Stream below a large, steep waterfall.

Upon reaching Black Lake, continue up to your right. There are steel cabins to assist with the climb, as the rock can be slippery when wet or icy. Scramble up the boulders to gain the saddle.

As an option, Barrier Nob to the NE is easily climbed, though snow and ice can persist late into the summer, so crampons and an ice axe are recommended.

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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4.3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2624.7 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Groups
Lake
River
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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about 1 month ago

Difficult but Rewarding Views

Attempted this hike today in warm sunny weather and was unable to make it to the top because of significant snow. It was possible to make it up to Black Lake but the rocks were very slippery. Above that there was too much snow to continue to the saddle. Within the first 20 minutes of the hike there are 1-3 major river crossings depending on which way you go, which results in wet boots unless you're smart and bring water shoes. The walk through the valley makes its way through a small boulder field at one point which can be hard to navigate for those without good balance. Overall really pretty views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls but had its challenging moments.

about 1 month ago

Added by Josiah Roe

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. - John Muir

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