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An alpine valley of blue lakes and bare rock, amid unclimbed peaks and beyond the reach of any trails.
- 12 km
- 784 m
- 784 m
Journey along Arrigetch Creek to its headwaters, among the glaciers at the feet of impossible peaks.
In the upper valley, the creek spreads out into braids and pools among meadows and cobble bars. Though the gradient is slight, walking remains difficult due to mud, vegetation, water crossings, and talus. Near the head of the valley, bouldery moraine slopes lead to glacial tarns and eventually the glaciers themselves. By this point, the peaks tower directly overhead, in sheer cliffs of dark, streaked granite. Various ridge scrambles and rock climbs are possible for those who come prepared.
Keep in mind that the track shown here is not an exact route, but simply the general way up the valley from Aquarius Junction to one of the glaciers. Expect the actual mileage to be greater.
Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.