Earnslaw Burn

Follow the track through the bush to the head of this valley for impressive views of an icefall on Mt Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi

Time: Full day/Multi day

About 20 minutes drive from Glenorchy, the Earnslaw Burn track is a challenging day walk or multi-day hike. Enjoy fantastic views of the icefield and a number of waterfalls that tumble down the huge rock faces on Mt. Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi (waterfalls will vary according to recent rainfall).

The track starts on the true left of the Earnslaw Burn through the bush to the tussock basin and viewpoint at the head of the Rees Valley. The first 3-4 hours are spent enclosed within the forested slopes of the Earnslaw Burn, occasionally crossing small unbridged side streams.  The track stays well above the river and it’s only at the bushline they meet again. Permission is required from Earnslaw Station to do this walk.

An overhanging rock just within the forest on the true right (looking downstream) of Earnslaw Burn can be used for shelter; the river crossing to get to the bivvy is dangerous in heavy rain.

Moderate to high level backcountry skills and experience, including navigation and survival skills required. The track can be difficult to find in places and is mainly unformed and muddy. Unbridged stream and river crossings can also be expected. This track is not recommended for young children.

View track description on Department of Conservation website