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Ben Lomond - Queenstown, New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
S 45° 00.424 E 168° 36.935
59G E 312094 N 5013498
Quick Description: Peak near Queenstown, New Zealand with fantastic views can be accessed on a full day's hike.
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 10/25/2012 11:21:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMFJA8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 2

Long Description:
"Ben Lomond is a mountain located close to Queenstown, New Zealand. The summit lies approximately 4 km northwest of the town centre, and reaches a height of 1,748 m (5,735 ft). Connected to Ben Lomond is the large but slightly shorter Bowen Peak (1,631 m) and Bob's Peaks while nearby is the dominant feature of Queenstown Hill. There are scenic views available from a range of places on the mountain with the very top giving a 360 degree panorama of much of the Wakatipu Basin including Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables Mountains, Cecil Peak and Walter Peak.

The Ben Lomond track can be accessed via two main routes that start at the One Mile Carpark and the Skyline access road[1] Alternative routes are from the Skyline complex via the Gondola or from the Moonlight Track which runs behind the mountain and links Arthurs Point with Moke Lake. There are also several entrances in the suburb of Fernhill.

The main track runs through exotic Douglas Fir forest upwards passing occasionally through Mountain Beech before opening up into tussock grasslands. The track follows a ridgeline up to the saddle between Ben Lomond and Bowen Peak before becoming quite steep for the summit track to the top"- Wikipedia

The summit is marked with an orientation table with sighting ring to help identify the surrounding peaks. The walk up to the summit and return is a strenuous all day hike with the hike from the top of gondola reducing the hike by a couple hours. The view from the summit is great.
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