Big views on this big walk up Steepface Hill and on to Mt Hutt (2185m), one of Canterbury’s iconic high peaks.
Climbing Mt Hutt (2185m) from Terrible Gully was my biggest ever day-walk, at least in terms of climbing. As one of the highest peaks in the Canterbury Foothills, and a prominent mountain that can be seen from right across the Canterbury Plains, it’s an iconic peak that I’d been wanting to climb ever since moving to Christchurch three years earlier. There are excellent views on offer almost the whole day, including those available from Steepface Hill (1876m) which you visit along the way.
There are shorter routes up, but I chose to begin on the route up Steepface Hill that I was already familiar with, and this way avoided the need to cross private land. That meant a big day out though, with 2500m change in elevation over 20km. Track notes at the end.
There’s an alternate route along spurs from Double Hill Run Road in the Canterbury Forests and Foothills tramping guide book. The shortest way up would be to start from the ski field and climb over South Peak, but in this case I don’t think you can claim to have climbed the mountain. That might be a nice option in winter with limited daylight.
Mt Hutt via Steepface Hill: The Scenery
First a few shots from my first time up Steepface Hill in July 2020. You can see my original post and more photos here.
This video is of views from the summit on this day in autumn. Click here to see the winter version.
Now views enroute to Mt Hutt…
A few returning back from the summit along the ridge.
After a brief period at the start on an easement, this route is entirely off-track. The initial climb is very steep on grass and later subalpine vegetation, then you are on rock / shingle the rest of the way. The ridge from Steepface Hill to Mt Hutt involves some change in elevation, (1000m for the return trip), but it’s never extreme. You can read more detail in my topo map captions above.