Gertrude Saddle

Allow 4 - 6 hrs return. This lightly marked route can at times be a little difficult to follow but it is easy enough once you have your 'eye in'. Initially the route traverses the open floor of the Gertrude Valley before turning left and climbing quite steeply up to the Saddle. The first part of the climb is through short tussock. After crossing a creek you end up on open rock, sometime loose and then steeper hard slabs as you pass Black Lake. After passing though a small boulder field you quickly reach the saddle where the views are spectacular to say the least. Don't step too far forward, it is 1000m over the edge to the valley floor below. The alpine flowers and if you are lucky rock wren are a further reward for the tramper.

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