Ben Lomond Track
ElevationAscent: 3,236' 986 m
Descent: -3,236' -986 m
High: 5,696' 1,736 m
Low: 2,547' 776 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“An iconic peak climb above Queesntown via a stunning open ridge. A must-do.”— Almonzo Wilder
Early on, the trail contours along the side of a major ridge, briefly crossing a patch of native forest, but otherwise sticking to open country with Ben Lomond getting gradually nearer with each step. The trail eventually joins the top of the ridgeline, where expansive views open up of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables beyond. From here the trail is pure joy, though steady work to climb uphill toward Ben Lomond Saddle.
Near the saddle is the intersection with the Moonlight Track, and a bench that provides a convenient resting point and chance to assess conditions. Above the saddle the climb to the peak becomes increasingly committing as the trail steepens and exposure increases. In clear weather the views are wildly impressive, and just keep getting better as you go higher. Keep heading up, with occasional small switchbacks and a few steps that may require hands for balance. Eventually you'll top out on the summit and can enjoy commanding views of the Queenstown area and surrounding mountains. A mounted sight-map on the summit will help you make sense of the peaks in every direction. When you've soaked in the epic views long enough, retrace your steps the way you came.
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