Jacks Pass Track

  • 2 hr return by the same track
  • Medium

A quick subalpine route onto Mount Isobel.

Misty approach to Mount Isobel • By matthew. Licence: C.
Jacks Pass Track: Key information
Walking time
2 hr
Distance
6.2km
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Medium
Poled route, straightforward, with some loose scree. Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Jacks Pass Track: Find it
Starts
Jacks Pass, Clarence Valley Road, Hanmer Springs. This road is gravel, but suitable for regular vehicles during summer months.
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Maps
NZTopo50-BU24
Altitude
859m – 1,319m
Altitude change 460m

Mount Isobel (1319m) is the main peak overlooking Hanmer Springs, and approachable from several routes, including both Jacks and Jollies Pass, as well as Waterfall Stream and the main Mount Isobel Track. This route from Jacks Pass is the quickest option. 

View northwest from Mount Isobel • By matthew. Licence: C.

Drive up to the saddle of Jacks Pass and follow the signed Jacks Pass Track into a scrub of Celmisia daisies, mānuka, and mountain astelia. The track is a clay channel that climbs quickly onto a loose scree. Most of the hard work is done in 20 minutes, and the track eases along a spur.

It soon climbs again to point 1195 before dropping to a makred junction where the Mount Isobel Track ascends from the south. From here, a poled route meanders easily over herbfields and loose rock before a quick push to the summit and trig marker of Mount Isobel.

Map
ID 17238

About this track

Added 23 January 2023 by matthewmatthew. 1 revision 23 January 2023 by matthewmatthew.
14 views in the past year (14 per month).
Check-ins
matthew walked this track 21 January 202321 January
Clouded in, no views, nice walk.