Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass, Canterbury NZ

A classic tramp in the Lewis Pass region to the summit of Travers Peak (1724m), with great views and attractive forest on the climb up.

Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass

The climb to Travers Peak (1724m) is another partially tracked walk in the Lewis Pass Region that offers nice forest walking then excellent views from the tops. We did this walk in winter when there was quite a bit of snow on the tops, and this added to views over high mountains to the north especially. It’s not such a long walk, about 4 hours in total, so you you get good value for effort on this tramp.

Track notes at the end.

Travers Peak via Foleys Track: The Scenery

Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Mossy beech forest.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Nice beech forest on Foleys Track.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Mt Technical to the left, and the Lewis Tops to the right.

Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass

Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
The final climb to the summit was quite steep and a little rocky in places. Not too bad though.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Me taking pictures on the summit.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Sophia on the summit of Traver’s Peak (1724m). I went to have a look at the views from a nearby peak of similar height. Just a couple of minute’s walk away.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
The view north.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Looking east from the nearby peak to the summit.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Sophia backed by mountains in the Opera Range, and further away in the Spencer Mountains.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Very snowy to the north-west.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Sophia and me on the summit.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Descending here.
Travers Peak via Foleys Track, Lewis Pass
Nice lighting on our descent through the forest.

Track Notes

Travers Peak via Foleys Track Route Map
You can park over the road at the Deer Valley Campsite. Foleys Track starts at the road’s edge. Once above the bushline it’s steadily on up the ridge until the final steep climb to the summit.

You can start the walk at the Deer Valley Campsite. Foleys Track starts just over the road. It was pretty boggy in places on Foleys Track, especially early on. And it was a steep final climb to the summit, but not as difficult as my track notes in Canterbury Foothills and Forests made it sound, perhaps because conditions for us were so benign. Best go prepared for crazy weather and possible ice on the summit, at least in winter/spring. Overall not a hard walk on the day we did it though: about 4 hours return.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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