Bealey Spur Track
ElevationAscent: 1,775' 541 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,033' 1,229 m
Low: 2,258' 688 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“A steady climb through a beach forest to outstanding views of the peaks, plains, and rivers of Arthur's Pass.”— Kristen McGlynn
The track starts as a gentle climb on a wide path that meanders through a young beech forest. The track is wide, well-used, and well-marked with DOC orange triangle blazes. This shaded section through the beech forest makes for a nice, easy start.
As the trail climbs, it emerges from the woods to a more scrubby landscape with a large canyon and a steep drop to Bruce Stream on the left-hand side. On the right, the wide plain of the braided Waimakariri River spreads out behind you. Be sure to take a moment to look over your shoulder as you continue the climb.
Further up, the track passes through tussock grasslands and subalpine scrub, and a boardwalk will take you past several tarns. From this vantage point, Waimakariri River Valley opens up in both directions, and the 360-degrees views are impressive.
The track ends Bealy Hut, a historic hut that was once used by musterers. The hut is a bit rough around the edges, and if you are spending the night, you would be well advised to secure your belongings from the mice that, according to the guest log, have also made themselves at home.
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Land Manager: Department of Conservation - Arthur's Pass National Park