U Pass

Fiordland National Park, Te Wāhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area

  • 1 – 2 days loop track
  • Medium

A short loop track in the Earl Mountains.

U Pass • By gavins. Licence: cc by-sa.
U Pass: Key information
Walking time
1 – 2 days
10 hr – 13 hr
Loop track
Loop track
Hazardous river crossings in heavy rain. Grades explained
No bookings — open access
No — open access
U Pass: Find it
Car park at "Earl Mountains Tracks" sign, just north of Eglinton Flat, SH94.
420m – 1,395m
Altitude change 975m

Both Hut and Mistake Creeks are good day or overnight journeys from the Milford Road, with tracks as far as the bushline and straightforward walking up valley beyond. U Pass is located on a spur of the main ridge of the Earl Mountains, and a crossing of this pass will link the two valleys.

The best route is up Mistake Creek due to the waterfall section. Consult Moir's Guide South for details of navigation around the waterfall.

From the car park, cross the Eglinton River on a walkwire and turn sharp right to take the Mistake Creek route. Follow the marked track up the true left of Mistake Creek, crassing after about 1.5 hours. The track continues as far as the valley and creek leading down from U Pass. Follow this creek on the true right, and work your way up the true right bank of a waterfall. U Pass is an obvious notch directly ahead, with a quick descent down to the Hut Creek flats. A track follows the true left of the creek down, crossing over eventually to the true right, then crossing Mistake Creek and returning to the walkwire.

Walking times:

  • Car park to Mistake Creek river flats: 3 hours
  • U Pass crossing: 3 hours
  • Hut Creek river flats to car park: 3 hours
ID 8577

About this track

Added 28 April 2013 by matthewmatthew. No revisions.
378 views in the past year (32 per month).