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Paske Hut via Turk Ridge, Rainbow Conservation Area

Arriving at Paske Hut. Photo: Pat Barrett
Distance
13.7km
Total Ascent
1467m
Time
7-8hr
Grade
Moderate/Difficult
Accom.
Paske Hut, 6 bunks/$5
Access
Lake Tennyson Campsite, St James Conservation Area
Map
BS24, BT24
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Directly south of Paske Hut stands Turk Ridge, a high rugged dividing range between the Paske and upper Wairau, which has several crossing points at high cols to the Wairau, the best being just east of spot height 2009m. This drops to an unnamed feeder of the Wairau. The route is reasonably rough and care is required with finding the right way down – it is steep bluff country. High, gaunt mountains are all around and some will carry snow well into summer. Start the route at Lake Tennyson Campsite and head up the eastern side of the lake to cross the Crimea Range into the Wairau at the pass between Mt Maling and Crystal Peak.