Robert Ridge to Angelus HutIntermediate
Submitted by Bronwyn McKeage
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
Sharp 3km climb on zig zag track up to Robert Ridge - Relax Shelter. Then exposed poled route along ridge - technical areas begin at approx 6km. Can be very windy in bad weather. Be careful on large rocks especially if wet conditions. At final 1km point from hut is junction down to Speargrass Track and Angelus Hut is approx 20 mins further along ridge and steep drop down.
Return via the same route (or drop down the Cascade Track to the lake and run back along the western side)
Features of interest
Fantastic ridgeline views over both Travers and Sabine Valleys.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 40%
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
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
Approx 85km from Nelson is St Arnaud - go through town and follow signs to Mt Robert Car Park
About 6 km from St Arnaud is Robert Ridge Carpark - you can park overnight here but no camping allowed. Or you can book a Nelson Lakes shuttle from Nelson approx $50-60 per person
Once on the ridgeline it should be relatively easy to follow the poled route - track is well defined but in bad weather take care not to deviate as there are some steep drop offs
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Only at Relax Shelter - tank water so dependent on rain levels - none after this point until you arrive at Angelus Hut. You could divert from Relax Shelter over to Bushline Hut if weather declines too quickly.
Can be exposed to high winds at any time - hot and dry in summer - rocks can be slippery in wet conditions.
Large loose boulders and loose shale can make footing difficult especially in wet
Post run indulgence
The garage cafe in St Arnaud has amazing scones, muffins and hot foods perfect if you wanted to do an out and back option - otherwise book a night at angelus Hut and Fast pack it.
See other runs nearby:
Rotoiti Loop The Lake
Mt Robert Loop
Angelus Mega Loop
Blue Lake - clearest water on earth
Parachute Rocks and St Arnaud Ridge
St Arnaud Discovery Loops
Speargrass - Robert Ridge
Angelus East Ridge Circuit
St Arnaud Sampler
Ultra Tour du Nelson Lakes
No More Beersies
Wots Up DOC