The big walk up Mt Potts was one of our favourites, and along the way you get views of The Pyramid (1748m). This peak is an easier alternative, but is entirely off track, so still not a beginner’s walk. Views of the Southern Alps are excellent, as are views of the southern face of Mt Potts. The long approach over mostly tussock is not so interesting however, and takes the sheen off the overall walking experience.
Track notes at the end.
The Pyramid ascent: The Scenery
This video from the summit shows off the views a bit better than my photos:It took me a few metres to get going, but I was able to ski down some slopes just on my boots. Skis are for losers.
You can park by the side of the road near the bridge over the Potts River. From there roughly follow the fenceline on the border of private land, keeping wide of the fence to avoid patches of matagouri. At the corner of the fence you can head gradually upwards towards The Pyramid, crossing a couple of streams along the way. Taking the ridge next to Powerhouse Stream is more picturesque and generally easier walking, although we followed the dotted line on the way up as it looked more direct. The summit area is flat and you can wander to the northern end for extra views.