Outbound Collective logo

Hike to Key Summit

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Details

Distance

5 miles

Elevation Gain

1640.4 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Tiffany Young

Climb above the bush line for panoramic views of the Southern mountains and alpine lakes!

In the Fiordland National Park, the Key Summit sits at the beginning of one of New Zealand's Great Walks, The Routeburn Track.

This half-day walk to easily accessible off of the Milford Road from the Divide Carpark, one of the access points to the popular backpacking trip. A toilet is available here before your adventure (the important things!) 

The track will begin at the left side of the parking lot where you will be following the Routeburn Track for an hour. Be aware, you will cross paths of plenty of backpackers along the way! Be courteous of their journey. An hour in, the track with split with a sign that directs up to the Key Summit, a 20-30 minutes switchback climb that will well be worth it!

Once at the top, the track continues in a loop with a well made boardwalk over some marshy areas. The views will blow you away at every angle!

The Fiordland is filled so much natural beauty, this is just one worth the side trip.

Enjoy and tell me about your walk! 

Read More

Download the Outbound mobile app

Find adventures and camping on the go, share photos, use GPX tracks, and download maps for offline use.

Get the app

Features

Fitness
Chillin
Photography
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Nearby

Hike to Lake Marian

Camp at Cascade Creek

Hike to Gertrude Saddle

Backpack the Valley of the Trolls

Climb to Homer Saddle, Fjordland NP

Day Hike the Routeburn North Branch