We hiked to the summit of the the Pinnacles as a day hike from the end of the Kauaeranga valley road. It took 6 hours RT at a steady but relaxed pace. The views opened up once we got past Hydro Camp, but the unusual rock hewn construction of the Webb Creek trail was interesting as well. The final section to the summit reminded me a little of the Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park, Utah US. We were all alone on the summit on an early March Monday, but heard that the hut was full over the weekend. I think the upper part with ladders and iron rungs would be less fun when crowded. Photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mvanderbilt/sets/72157651127801235
Usual way up to the Pinnacles, some great views thanks to the super clear weather. Stayed in the hut overnight then headed down via the Moss Creek route and back to the road the next day. 8 hours for the second day in keeping with the DOC suggestion though that was with a heavy pack/tent/stove etc. which it turned out was largely unnecessary. It's a real adventure out that way, slippery rock faces, slippery clay, slippery wood, sucking bogs, wild pigs, goats, though the vegetation's quite something. Some really interesting moss and ferns. Can't say I enjoyed much of it but it was worth it.
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