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A tarn fine spot

Excellent camping opportunities on the Wye Creek Route Photo: Dennis Radermacher
Time
2-3hr to Wye Creek tarns
Grade
Moderate
Access
Park at The Remarkables ski field
Map
CC11

Wye Creek Route, The Remarkables

My partner and I set off one weekend to journey into The Remarkables from the conveniently located ski field car park.

We followed the markers to Lake Alta, an easy half-hour walk away. From here we ventured a vague, mostly unmarked route to the saddle east of Double Cone.

We followed the Wye Creek Route from the saddle towards a few large tarns where the landscape changed drastically. The ski field with its barren, rocky terrain dominates the northern side of the saddle while the south side boasts a basin with smoothly rolling terrain full of tussock and dotted with tarns.

There is the possibility of traversing the mountains to the east, opposite The Remarkables, tarn-hopping all the way to Lake Hope, six kilometres south. The lake would have been a great destination for a full day’s walk but with bad weather closing in, we decided not to risk crossing the exposed ridgeline. Instead, we continued down the Wye Creek Route and found ourselves a campsite with an impressive view across a large tarn.

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