40 minutes one way to viewing platform or 1 hr 40 min returning via the trampline loop.
This well-defined track can be done as a loop. It leads through old moraine river terraces and tall red beech / tawhairaunui forest to beautiful Lake Sylvan, home to brown trout and numerous small native fish.
Enjoy views over surrounding mountains including glimpses of Mt Earnslaw / Pikirakatahi from the viewing platform before retracing your steps or returning via the 1920s tramline loop. Keep your eyes open for native birds such as robins, fantail and riflemen along the way.
Access is from the Lake Sylvan car park which is 30 minutes from Glenorchy.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.