Mt Izard from Texas Flat, Craigieburn Range, Canterbury NZ
Climb to the 2019m high peak Mt Izard in the Craigieburn Range for excellent views of neighbouring Mt Cheeseman and countless other peaks.
The Craigieburn Range has a number of 2000m high peaks that can be climbed in a day, and Mt Izard (2019m) was our latest conquest in this Canterbury High Country playground. The route is pretty straightforward, following the Hogs Back Track for a little over an hour and then taking one easterly spur all the way to the summit. The views of neighbouring Mt Cheeseman and on down the crest of the Cragieburn Range are a highlight, but there are plenty of other peaks to feast your eyes on. Walking on a still snowy spring day added to the aesthetics.
From the summit you could visit Mt Cheeseman or Mt Cloudsley, and descend directly from either of these two peaks. But with gale force winds and a fair bit of snow slowing us down, we returned the same way for a satisfying day out in wintery spring conditions. Track notes at the end.
Mt Izard from Texas Flat: The Scenery
You start at Texas Flat cark park on the Mt Cheeseman Ski Field access road. (We also climbed Mt Cheeseman from this starting point, a slightly shorter walk.) Follow the Hogs Back Track until you cross Waterfall Creek. From there head right (south-west) to pass to the right of a rocky outcrop and join the spur. Take the spur all the way to the summit 🙂 . It’s roughly 12km return and 1200m change in elevation. I’d estimate 7-8 hours in normal conditions, but we took a bit longer than that due to gale force winds and snow.
As I mentioned earlier, you could traverse either Cloudsley or Cheeseman, and return on the Hogs Back Track to Texas Flat. If you chose Cloudsley then you might like to park at Castle Hill Village instead, which is at the other end of the track.