This difficult tramping track leads from the Milford Road and up the Mistake Creek Valley through beech forest to the river flats.

Track overview

5 km one way

Walking and tramping

3 hr to bush edge Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This is a difficult tramping track.

From the 'Earl Mountain Tracks' sign, the track leads to a walk wire over the Eglinton River about 10 minutes from the carpark.

After the walk wire follow the track sign pointing hard right to Mistake Creek. 

After about 1.5 hours along the true left, cross the river to the true right and continue to the open flat at the bush edge.

For experienced trampers, this track can be combined as an overnight trip with the Hut Creek Track.

Getting there

This track begins from the Milford Road, Fiordland, about 71 km north from Te Anau.

There is a small carpark area on the western side of the road, with a DOC track sign saying ‘Earl Mountain Tracks’.

Know before you go

This is a tramping track so you will need good fitness and moderate to high level backcountry (remote areas) skills and experience, including navigation and survival skills.

River crossing skills are also required. Note that in heavy rain these rivers can run very fast and high and require extreme caution - do not attempt crossing until the water levels drop.


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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