Image: Richard Meutstege
Time: 6 - 7 hr one way
The track begins about 10 km along Palmer Road, at the Blue Grey River Bridge, and follows the true right bank to the lake. The hut is about 30 minutes past the head of Lake Christabel, on the true left side of the north branch of the Blue Grey River.
Time: 2-3 days one way
From the end of Palmer Road it is 5-8 hours up the Robinson Valley to the Mid Robinson Hut, with the Top Robinson Hut 5-8 hours further on. From the Top Robinson Hut it is 4 hours up the left branch via a marked track and snowpole route to the Robinson Saddle, then 4 hours down to Lake Christabel Hut.
Lake Christabel can also be accessed from Lewis Pass to the east, via the Rough Creek Track.
Turn off SH7 onto Palmers Road 13 km west of Springs Junction.
Weather conditions can change rapidly, particularly on the tops. Rain can quickly make even small streams treacherous to cross.
Wasps can be common from December to April, carry antihistamine if you are allergic to their stings.