Arthur's Pass Walking Track
TRACK GRADE: Easy Walking Track
WALKING TIME: 3.5 hours return
FEATURES: Forest walk, alpine views, bird life, waterfalls, old-growth forest.
NOTE: In heavy rain the first creek after leaving the car-park can flood, it is unbridged. Only cross this creek if it is safe to do so!
LOCATION: Turn onto Punchbowl Road, at West Coast end of Village, 500m from the Visitor Centre. This short gravel road ends in a car-park. A signpost here points the way (Arthur's Pass Walking Track).
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DESCRIPTION: This is an attractive walk through Beech Forest and some alpine scrub to the summit of Arthur's Pass (920m). The track starts from the same carpark as the Devils Punchbowl Waterfall walk. After the first footbridge over the Bealey River, the track goes left through old-growth mountain beech forest (Bridal Veil Falls). The first part of this walk takes you a lookout with a view of the Bridal Veil Waterfall and back to the Village, 20 minutes from the track start. The track gradient is gentle to the lookout. From here you descend a staircase into the Bridal Veil canyon, then rise again onto a undulating track that takes you through stunted beech forest and some alpine meadows. After a further 20 minutes of walking you arrive at the Jacks Hut on Highway 73.
Cross the highway into the upper Bealey Valley track. The Arthur's Pass Walking Track branches to the right off the Bealey Valley track about 200 metres from the carpark. From here it slowly climbs through old-growth Beech Forest, popular with native bird species (Robins, Tomtits, Fantails, Rifleman, Bellbirds etc).The track passes into alpine wetland at a bridge across Twin Falls Stream with beautiful views of Mt Rolleston's "Rome Ridge", and towards the mountains surrounding Temple Basin skifield.
The track joins the Dobson Nature Walk at its southern entry. You could continue left into the Dobson for an easy walk of 20 minutes to the summit of Arthur's Pass (920m). Return the same way.
Return the same way.