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Mt Sale via Crown Peak and Mt Scott, Otago

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Mt Sale via Crown Peak and Mt ScottIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

5 (Slow)
4 (Moderate)
3 (Fast)



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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.

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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%

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  • Access

    Crown Range Summit carpark

    16 km

    20 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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.

    Generally good.

    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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