View from Ben Lomond Summit
The first portion of the track is through either native beech forest (One Mile Creek walk) or Douglas fir stands (Skyline Access Road). At about 800 m, alpine tussocks and Dracophyllum dominate the landscape, however wilding pines are slowly invading this landscape and will soon dominate it if nothing is done. If you see a wilding pine seedling – pull it out. Take care to identify it correctly to be sure it is not a native!
There are magnificent views of the lake and mountains. The next portion of the track to the saddle is on a gentler slope, but the last pitch to the top of Ben Lomond is very steep. The demanding climb offers spectacular panoramic views and on clear days Mounts Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi and Aspiring/Tititea can be seen from the summit (1748 m).
Note: the section from the saddle to the summit crosses private land. Respect the landowner’s rights and keep to the formed track to avoid stock disturbance and farm hazards.
There are two points of access to this track, either from the top of the Gondola, halfway up Skyline Access Road or from One Mile Creek Walk.
Know before you go
Warning: Ben Lomond Track is a full day’s hike. Plan your trip well and make sure you have enough daylight hours to finish the walk.
The section of track from the saddle to the summit is very steep and is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
The weather can change at any time – be prepared. In winter conditions alpine skills and experience are needed to attempt the summit.