Mt Guy – grunty climb with views

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It’s a grunty climb, but the views from the top are stunning on a good day.

It’s a grunty climb, but the views from the top are stunning on a good day.

Unlike popular walks like the Mt Somers Walkway, Little Mt Peel and Peak Hill, the track up Mt Guy does not see a huge amount of foot traffic.

It’s known by die-hard trampers and, of course, by hut holders at the nearby settlement at Lake Clearwater.

Access to the start of the Mt Guy track is from the settlement.

You follow the marked track around the outlet end of Lake Clearwater for 30-minutes and the bulk of Mt Guy is right in front of you.

A sign at the junction suggests around one hour to the top, which is not too far off the mark for most people.

A well marked trail takes you up and on a direct, no-nonsense route to the 1319m peak.

The views change with the ascent and the lake and huts become ever smaller dots in the impressive high country landscape.

Near the top the steep section flattens out and there is a steadier climb across to a rock cairn and the highest point.

There are 360 degree panoramic views and the opportunity to linger in the majesty of the hills and also to get your breathe back.

Most return the same way they came, but the more adventurous can opt to head west and down.

There is no marked track, but as long as you stay well to the left and keep descending you an’t go too wrong.

Below you will start to see the Te Araroa trail coming in from the right.

The descent takes you down to a tarn (mountain lake) and the track junction.

While one track heads further west and off to Mystery Lake, the other takes you back to Lake Clearwater.

The return section takes around one hour and immediately criss-crosses a section of track built for mountain bikers.

Lake Clearwater is on the Hakatere Potts Road, about 33km west of Mount Somers.

-By Mick Jensen