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Mt Owen


Highest summit on the marble massif


from the North via Granity Pass Hut
from the South via Owen River Valley

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Type Name
Crag Prospector Cliffs


Reference Title Grade Length Pro Quality Operations
 Hay Paddock Route, 1+ 1+

Cross from the Granity Pass Hut to the prominent old lateral moraine (known as the Railway Embankment). Ground trails lead onto a large area of schist-based tussock and tarns (known as the Hay Paddock), which overlies the predominant marble of the Mt Owen massif. From tarns south of Sentinel Hill, aim for the best route onto the rock and then onto the ridge north of the peak.

  • P1
  • Alpine (Mt Cook) 1+

 Owen River Route, 1 1

  • P1
  • Alpine (Technical) 1

After gold-bearing quartz was found in 1886, gold miners worked up the Owen River, though little evidence remains today apart from the names of many of the side streams. From SH6, drive up the Owen Valley East Rd to the Carrol Creek car park, from where an old dray road follows the river to the Bulmer Creek junction. A marked track climbs steeply up a spur to Sunrise Peak. It is possible to continue through the waterless and wild karst country to Mt Owen in a long day trip. Route finding through the spectacular eroded limestone and marble can be rather time consuming.

 Bulmer Route, 2 2

  • P1
  • Alpine (Mt Cook) 2

Another route (used by cavers) follows up Bulmer Creek and along a prominent ledge in the limestone bluffs at its head to Bulmer Lake. From here it is fairly good travel on tussock and scree, through Castle Basin to Poverty Basin (campsites and small tarns in each). Continue into a basin east of Replica Hill. Routes can be found through the karst.