Mt Arthur Hut - Salisbury Lodge

Gordons Pyramid

  • 3 hr – 4 hr 30 min one way
  • Easy/medium

via Gordons Pyramid

Mt Lodestone • By bernieq. Licence: cc by-nc-sa.
Key information
Walking time
3 hr – 4 hr 30 min
Distance
8.4km
Type
One way
One way
Grade
Easy/medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Mt Arthur hut
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Ends
Salisbury Lodge
Maps
NZTopo50-BQ24
Altitude
1,135m – 1,500m
Altitude change 365m

From Mt Arthur hut (1300m) the track climbs to the spur and continues to rise more gradually through tussock on a broad ridge to the 1500m contour.
 
The sign-posted turn-off is 1.8km from Mt Arthur hut. From here, the 3.6km track to Gordon's Pyramid descends into Horseshoe Basin following snow poles through the tussocks and reaches the floor of the basin at 1370m. With sinkholes all around, take care where you put your feet. An easy 70m climb on a mostly well-defined track leads to a narrowing ridge that descends 90m then climbs to the 1380m spot height then descending very steeply to the narrow ridge that feeds up onto the Pyramid. A 200m climb slowly reveals views to the W of the Leslie Valley and behind to Mt Arthur. To the NE is Mt Lodestone.
 
At the summit of Gordon's Pyramid (1489m), Salisbury Lodge can be seen on the edge of a clearing, 3km on track and 370m below - it looks deceptively close. Shortly after reaching the tree-line, the track descends quite steeply for a short distance then traverses a series of low ridges through the Beech forest until clearing the bush, just after the signposted turn-off to the Sphinx Valley.
 
Reasonable weather conditions (visibility and wind strength) are recommended as care needs to be taken in Horseshoe Basin (sinkholes) and the descent from 1380m spot height (exposed). Otherwise, the track is easily followed.

Map
ID 7026

About this track

Added 10 June 2011 by bernieqbernieq. 2 revisions, most recently 10 June 2011 by bernieqbernieq.
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