The Ben Lomond Summit hike is a difficult hike that winds its way steadily above Queenstown to the Ben Lomond Saddle before taking on a rocky trek circling the mountain to arrive at the summit 1748m high.
This hike is absolutely breathtaking. The entire way up you'll have sweeping views of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu before you reach the saddle when suddenly the mountains of the West Coast lay out majestically in front of you. At the summit, you're rewarded with 360 degree views of the mountains and Lake Wakatipu.
There is no shade on the majority of this hike so wear plenty of sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat. Please bring plenty of water and a good lunch for the top to replenish!
BEN LOMOND SUMMIT HIKE DETAILS
When: December-March unless you are prepared for difficult winter hiking with proper gear
Where: hike starts the end of Lomond Crescent in Queenstown
Difficulty: difficult, especially the final section between the saddle and the summit involving rock clambering
Length: 5 hours for 22km return trip (signs say give yourself up to 8 hours of daylight as you do not want to be hiking in the dark)
Directions: from the end of Lomond Crescent, follow the gravel road up to the signs for Ben Lomond. In the forest, follow the orange markers until you come out to a very clear track across the saddle and up the summit. Return the way you came.
Public Transit: no, but it is in town, so no need!