A long but excellent walk to the summit of Mt Charon (1560m) from Jacks Pass, also taking in the peak named Dunblane (1303m). Great views and very attractive heath vegetation.
We wanted a quieter walk to do on our first trip to the Hanmer Springs area, and this was a great choice. We met nobody else on a Sunday doing this long but very enjoyable walk to the summit of Mt Charon (1560m) via Dunblane (1303m) from Jacks Pass (870m). The very colourful heath vegetation was a real highlight, as where the views towards numerous other mountains, over the Hanmer Plains, and into a few valleys. Going as far as Mt Charon felt satisfyingly remote, but the much shorter trip to only Dunblane and back would also be a good option.
On our way from Dunblane to Mt Charon in these next pics…
The rest of these photos taken on the way back…
A marked track as far as Dunblane, then off track to Mt Charon, although there are some old metal poles leading you down from Mt Dunblane for a while. (They eventually lead you down into the valley to the south – not sure where after that.) We got our track notes from Canterbury Foothills and Forests, but the map here should be enough info.
It’s fairly easy walking the whole way, and navigation will be straightforward in good weather. I estimated the walk to be 16-17km long with about 1000m change in elevation: it will take roughly 8 hours at a steady pace. The most tiring ascent is probably to point 1437m on the way out, although the shorter descent and ascent on the western side of Dunblane is quite steep.
Walking only to Dunblane and back would be substantially shorter, but still quite a nice walk.
It starts off on a vehicle track from the car park at Jacks Pass, but soon turns into a foot track.