Off-track tramping

Glade Pass

Connecting Hut Creek to the Glade Burn, Lake Te Anau and the Dore Pass track via the Glade Pass. This overnight trip is unmarked down the Glade Burn and suitable only for trampers with some experience.

 

Cascade Creek

An unmarked route takes trampers into the headwaters of the Eglinton River East Branch. From there you can travel north in open country to Key Summit and the Divide and to the Routeburn and the Greenstone Tracks. Heading south takes you down the East Branch of the Eglinton. An alternative exit over the low Otapara Range brings you back directly to Knobs Flat. A long summers day will see the experienced tramper back in the Eglinton Valley.

 

Homer Saddle and the Grave Talbot Pass

For experienced off-track walkers, Homer Saddle is a straight forward scramble of an hour or so up though often rough boulder field terrain to a low saddle and magnificent views overlooking the both entrances to the Homer Tunnel.

The Grave Talbot route starts, or perhaps more commonly ends, with the Homer Saddle route and is not for the inexperienced or feint hearted tramper. It was discovered in 1911 and established as an alternative inland access (alternative to the Milford Track) to Milford Sound. However it never gained the popularity as it proved just too strenuous for the average Milford Track walker and later on the Homer Tunnel made the trip 'unnecessary'. While ropes are not necessary, the route is in places quite 'exposed' and it is a long day trip even for fit and experienced trampers today. The views on a good day however are spectacular and the sense of achievement rewarding.

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