Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park, Canterbury NZ

A traverse of Mt Lyndon (1489m) & Cloudy Hill (1442m), with beautiful views of Lake Lyndon, & of impressive mountain ranges in all directions.

Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park

This is a fun traverse (or else return trip) taking in Mt Lyndon (1489m) and Cloudy Hill (1442m), in Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park. It offers excellent views of Lake Lyndon, and of many mountains in all directions. The lighting in winter was nice, accentuating the creases in the various ridges and spurs of the Torlesse and Craigieburn Ranges.

You’ll need to organise transport and permission to cross private land doing it as a one-way trip. The return trip option will still be very doable in a day.ย  Track notes at the end. For more info on Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park see the DOC website.

Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse: The Scenery

Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Lake Lyndon in the morning, when the sun was at an awkward angle for photography.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Lake Lyndon from a viewpoint about half way up.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Sophia approaches the flat summit of Mt Lyndon.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
A bit of Lake Coleridge there backed by the Southern Alps around the Rakaia River.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Looking out to the Canterbury Plains.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Cloudy Hill on the right, and the Craigieburn Range stretching around to the north.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Sophia and her friend Michelle on the summit of Mt Lyndon (1489m). They returned to Lake Lyndon Lodge, and I went on to Cloudy Hill. The Mt Hutt Range in the distance.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
My onward route lay straight ahead. Very steep.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
After descending steeply from Mt Lyndon I had to ascend steeply on compact earth/ scree. A little intimidating towards the top.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Mt Enys at the back, the tallest peak in the Craigieburns.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Quite rugged slopes.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
A bit of Lake Lyndon poking out there. Porters Pass centre left.

Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park

Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Porters Ski Field on the right.
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
The Torlesse Range, topping out at Castle Hill Peak (1998m).
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
On the summit of Cloudy Hill (1442m).
Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Descending to the Porters Ski Field access road.

Track Notes

Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park
I walked from Lake Lyndon Lodge over Mt Lyndon and on to Cloudy Hill. From there I descended to the Porters Ski Field access road, but realised only later that the lower section (dotted line) is private land. Oops.

You need permission to cross private land to do this walk as described, and also organise transport at the other end. Another worthy option would be to return from Cloudy Hill the way you came, or to climb Mt Lyndon the shorter way from the northern end (see that post here), and return to there. I suspected I was about to cross private land when I reached a new looking fence, but it was way too late to turn back by that stage. (Sorry!) I hadn’t checked the map properly and thought the conservation area extended to the road.

Starting from the lodge on this occasion, you follow a track along a stream and then pass through a fence to access a north-south spur. There is some scrub to push through on the lower slopes, but never too thick. (There are also some mountain bike tracks that you criss-cross). Climb the spur all the way to Mt Lyndon. From Mt Lyndon, continue NW and descend very steeply to a saddle, then ascend very steeply to near point 1456m. On the way down aim for the softest scree. On the way up, get across to vegetated areas towards the top for better footing. This section felt a little intimidating but I survived! ๐Ÿ™‚

From near 1456m continue across 1345m to Cloudy Hill. With permission you can descend on a straightforward route over 1014m to the road. This will take about 4+ hours in total. Returning the way you came will involve repeating those steep sections, but you’ll know what you are dealing with by then.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

2 thoughts on “Mt Lyndon Cloudy Hill Traverse, Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park, Canterbury NZ”

  1. One can go up to Red Hill from the Porter River near Coleridge Pass, then down the northern spur from Pt 1494 to avoid crossing private land. Different summits, but similar traverseโ€ฆThereโ€™s that nice newish track alongside the Porter River, starting on the true right but soon crossing to the true left.

    1. Thanks Honora. Red Hill was the first entirely off track walk we did, roughly three years ago. I later heard rumours of a track on the true right but it was so snowy at that time that you couldn’t see it and we ended up walking on the true left up to Red Hill and back (from the ski field road). I’m keen to go back and sus out that track and do that loop you’ve suggested. Red Hill had what are still some of the best views we’ve seen.

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