Mt Sale via Crown Peak and Mt ScottIntermediate - Experienced
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Open tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Intermediate - Experienced
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The beginning section from Crown Range Carpark to Mount Scott isn't a track, but a steep uphill bush bash.
After Mount Scott you begin to follow a fence line and orange cairns appear going up to Crown Peak on more undulating hills.
From Crown Peak, a 4wd track takes you most of the way to Mount Sale -- this is also the flattest section of track.
The last bit up to the top of Mount Sale is more of a goat trail. A bit of route finding skills are required, and in a white-out it is essential to have a topo/GPS to navigate by.
Features of interest
Views all around: Whakatipu basin, Pikirakitahi-Mt Earnslaw, Arrowtown & Lake Hayes, Soho River basin, Cardrona ski area, Cardrona town & lake Wanaka, the Pisa Range, the Remarkables, Walter & Cecil Peaks.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 15%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 15%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%
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
Crown Range Summit carpark
There seem to be cairns leading a different way down just below Crown Peak on the Crown Range Road side, which I imagine goes down somewhere between Coal Creek and Foxs Gully.
There is also an alternate way down just past Crown Peak on the Mt Sale side where you can take a 4wd track down to Arrowtown.
Windproof jacket, Gloves, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No water sources along the track
In the winter this track would be largely snow-covered. The rest of the year: white-out conditions would make it harder to navigate, and of course no rewarding views. Any time of year this ridge is prone to wind.
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See other runs nearby:
Big Hill Circuit
Sawpit Gully - German Hill
Mt Rosa Loop
Queenstown Trail Anticlockwise
Bush Creek Banger
New Chums Loop
Brow Peak Mini Mission
Crown Peak Traverse
Lake Hayes Circuit
Coal Crown Arrowtown
Glenroy Water Race Track
Advance Peak (via Big Hill inbound and Macetown Road outbound)