Back Side of Treble Cone

Fiordland National Park

Treble Cone

The backside of Treble Cone is a lot of fun, with minimal touring

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
1.3 km
Ascent
1 m
Descent
541 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
39˚
Back Side of Treble Cone Map

There are various ways to access the back of Treble Cone. Either hike up to the Summit Ridge line and drop in anywhere along there, or hike up to the left side of the summit ridge as if you were going to Wedding Cake Rock.

Description

The backside is a massive open face with small gullies and playful terrain. It does get sun affected but as long you head there in the morning it's fine. You can go down as far as you like, but it's not worth going all the way to the valley floor. You're better off stopping as the terrain flattens out and skin back up to Wedding Cake Rock, probably taking around 1.5 hours if you're fit.

On a pow day or spring corn, it's a lot of fun and there's nothing too technical so it's great for the casual tourer. All avalanche gear is needed; it's still backcountry and away from the resort boundary

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

July, August, September

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins