This walk has stunning views in fine weather. It is often a good choice when north-westerly winds are bringing rain to Arthur’s Pass, being further east, it is drier in these conditions. The track appeals to many walkers because it is more gradual than most of the alpine tracks around Arthur’s Pass village, and it does not climb above the bush line. It is well marked and is suitable for reasonably fit people who are well equipped.
The track climbs gently up the spur, through mountain- beech forest. In summer look out for red-flowering mistletoe/pirirangi near the start of the track. At one point the track comes close to a cliff with a dramatic view down to Bruce Stream - take care with children. Higher up, the track passes through tussock grasslands and subalpine scrub and passes near several tarns. There are expansive views of the Waimakariri River valley and surrounding mountains.
The track ends at the historic Bealey Spur Hut, used by musterers in the days when this area was used for summer grazing for sheep.
The track starts from the car park off SH73, just past the Bealey Hotel, 14 km south of Arthur’s Pass village. From the car park walk up Cloudesley Road to the track start at the top.
No fires permitted in the lower carparking area.
Wasp populations reach high numbers from January to April – wear light coloured clothing and carry antihistamine cream/tablets as a precaution.