Hi trampers. I'm keen to explore the Red Mountain and Little Red Hill area in South Westland. My current plan involves boating/helicopter into Big Bay from Jackson Bay and accessing the area from the upper Pyke River. My main question is, has anyone accessed the Red Mt/ Little Red Hill area via the upper Pyke River or the Barrier River (via Stag Pass)? If so what is the best/least-difficult route in? The terrain looks rough and I would imagine it’s similar to the Upper Whitcombe River track/ Collier Gorge (ie large boulder hopping) which I did last year.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Hi Hadley - you might want to check out Moir's Guide North, which can be purchased from the NZAC: https://alpineclub.org.nz/product/moirs-north-the-otago-southern-alps/
This should have detailed route descriptions for the area.