Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area, Otago NZ

A simple off-track walk up to the summit of Mt Scott (1363m) from the Crown Range Road, for views of the Pisa Conservation Area.

Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area

The off-track route up Mt Scott (1363m) from the highest point on the Crown Range Road is a quick way to get views over the Pisa Conservation Area and down into the Wakatipu Basin. It can also be extended all the way to Crown Peak, which would in fact be the quickest way to get up this mountain. (We’ve climbed it from Arrowtown and also from further down the Crown Range Road).

On this day we went on further to point 1426m for a little extra exercise, and to help my wife Sophia break in her brand new boots. Track notes at the end. You can also climb Rock Peak along a vehicle track from the same start point.

Mt Scott from Crown Saddle: The Scenery

Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area
The Pisa Range
Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area
Lake Wakatipu in the distance.

Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area

Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area
Looking up to Crown Peak.
Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area
Sophia in a snow shower. As fair weather hikers this is in fact the first time I’ve been snowed on. It only lasted 10 minutes or so.
Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area
A panorama of the Gibbston Valley, with our starting point on the left.
Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area
The Hector Mountains
Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area
The Crown Range Road with the Hector Mountains behind.


Track Notes

Mt Scott from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area
There’s occasionally a faint impact track to guide the way, but its pretty much straight up to Mt Scott, and follow the ridge if you want to go further.

Off track the whole way, although there is a faint impact track sometimes. Basically its straight up to the summit of Mt Scott, then continue along the ridge if you want to go higher. It looked straightforward to continue on to Crown Peak.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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