Day 3: Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hut - 6-7 hours, 14km.


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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.

Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.


This is the toughest day on the track.

You begin the day with a steep climb up to Mackinnon Pass via a series of switch backs and up to the memorial of explorer Quintin McKinnon, where you will enjoy inspiring views of Lake Mintaro and the Clinton Canyon along the way.

From the memorial you'll have impressive views all around the Clinton and Arthur Valleys and several close peaks.

Just pass the sign for the highest point of the track (1,154m) you'll then reach Mackinnon Pass Shelter, which includes a loo with the best view! From the shelter, the track continues downwards through alpine grass, over a boulder strewn area and past waterfalls to the bottom of the valley where you will arrive at Quintin Shelter.

Continuing onto Dumpling Hut, you'll have distant views of the mighty Sutherland Falls.