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Dangerous Hikes: Cascade Saddle, New Zealand
Cascade Saddle, New Zealand, is a popular alpine hike in the summertime, but can be dangerous when the rocks become wet and slippery. This 17 km, two day trip takes you through Mt. Aspiring National Park offering beautiful, Lord of the Rings-esque views! But, those views don't come without danger. Steep snowgrass slopes on the Matukituki side become treacherous when wet or covered with fresh snow. Sudden cold storms bringing snow can affect this area even during the summer months. In early summer, crampons and ice axe may be required. There is avalanche danger from June to November each year. The ascent from Aspiring Hut (at one of the start points) to the 1850 meter pylon is steep and exposed in the final alpine sections, so not one that you want to be rushing. To get to the park from Wanaka, it is 54 km to the Raspberry Creek carpark – the last 30 km is unsealed. The route is then accessed from the West Matukituki Valley - the recommended starting point. For the official resource on this trail, check out their website: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/otago/wanaka-makarora/cascade-saddle-route/ Or, give them a call: Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre Phone: +64 3 443 7660
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This is my kind of "dangerous hike!" Dangerous for the nature you have to learn to travel through and respect, not for the manmade contraptions that are failing....
@treedweller Indeed! I love trails like this one, though I would be careful to pick the right weather and season.