This is a classic four or five day tramp at the Head of Lake Wakatipu. It crosses Fohn Saddle, Fiery Col, Cow Saddle, Park Pass, Sugarloaf Pass, so two saddles, two passes, and a col, but five passes sounds better.
|Lake Sylvan car park||0h||0h|
|b||Beans Burn bivvy rock||6h||9.5h|
|c||Olivine Ledge bivvy rock||5h||14.5h||Cross Fohn Saddle|
|d||Cow Saddle||5.5h||20h||Cross Fiery Col|
|g||Routeburn car park||5.5h||33.5h||Cross Sugarloaf Pass|
|h||Lake Sylvan car park||0.7h||34.2h|
|Lake Sylvan||Beans Burn||Olivines||Park Pass||Park Pass|
The track in the Beans Burn above the bridge was well marked (in 2007), except where you need it, namely, where it re-enters the bush. To some extent, you can just follow deer trails, but there are places where you need to be on the track.
The "red/white permolat marker" was missing from the creek in Hidden Falls valley where you leave the valley and head to Park pass. Also, the ground trails were misleading. However, there were blazes and a good rock cairn. Once you are sure you have the correct creek, simply head in the direction of Park Pass, and pick up a track on a spur.
There was still snow on the route in February 2007, but it was soft and not a problem, which was fortunate, because my iceaxe dropped off my pack while I was lost in the Beans Burn.
Copyright © 2013 J.S. Milne.