Silver Peaks Track
ElevationAscent: 1,406' 429 m
Descent: -1,412' -430 m
High: 2,520' 768 m
Low: 1,335' 407 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“Subalpine ridge-top splendor and wilderness, less than 30 minutes from Dunedin.”— Almonzo Wilder
Features Birding · Views
After a brief downhill the trail emerges at a clearing that was the site of the Green Hut. It offers a pleasant place to rest and contemplate the weather as you read the sign warning of possible dangerous conditions above. On a sunny day, the walking above is easy and care-free. The weather in the Silver Peaks is fickle, though, and can turn dangerous quickly. Caution and the right gear should be used.
Above the Green Hut site, the trail climbs steeply for a short way and can be especially slick and muddy in wet conditions. Quickly the trail reaches treeline near the summit of Green Hill, with gorgeous views to the south and west. From here the trail rolls along Green Ridge, and offers airy and spectacular walking with great views in all directions. The trail passes the base of Pulpit Rock, which is worth a scramble up as its precipitous northern face is hidden as you approach from Green Ridge.
The trail winds north from here, with signs pointing the way toward Jubilee Hut. Keep your eyes open for views of the "Painted Forest", a beautiful stand of Silver Beech in a drainage just west of the track. Fantastic rock tors and beautiful views abound, and the walking is generally easy as you approach a signed intersection (again, pointing you toward Jubilee Hut) below the high point of the Silver Peaks, which is curiously un-named (at 777m, Silver Peak 777 seems right). A quick steep walk leads to this summit, which commands outstanding views in all directions.
From here Jubilee Hut can be reached via a steep 2.5km descent via the "Devil's Staircase", or you can retrace your steps back to Mountain Road.