Point at the KeasBeginner
Submitted by Tony Sharpe
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushLakesideOpen ridges/tops
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From White Horse Hill campsite find the signposted trail to Kea Point and the Sealey Tarns. Follow the well-maintained trail, passing the Sealey Tarns turn off (there is another couple of trail directories that go up there, Two Tarns Stepathon and Mueller Hut) and continue a steady climb up to the lookout above the Mueller Lake. This is massive country.
Kea Point is appropriately named; there are often kea squawking around the surroundings, if you are lucky they may even fly by your run.
Once you've drunk up the views and maybe seen an icefall / avalanche off the nearby wall that is Mt Sefton then retrace your steps back to the campground.
Features of interest
Amazing views of Mt Sefton, Aoraki Mt Cook and the Mueller glacier terminus.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Starts and finishes at the White Horse Hill campsite.
Parking at the Hooker Valley Road end.
It's alpine here, be prepared for alpine weather and sudden changes.
Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.
Water at the campsite.
It's 800m above sea level and in the mountains, but this is an all-weather trail. Pack warm gear accordingly though
Stick to the trail especially up at the lookout - unstable moraine cliffs below.
Post run indulgence
Mt Cook Village
The Old Mountaineer
Mt Cook village
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