03.03.2018 - 15.03.2018
From Walls of Jerusalem we went on to its sister park, Cradle Mountain, which adjoins it. Cradle Mountain is home to the famous Overland Track. Similar in fame to the Milford Track, it is longer and harder. We opted not to do it because it required reservations made almost a year in advance. Instead we took what is probably my favorite day hike of the entire trip. For lack of a better description I'll call it the Crade Lake Traverse.
Most day trippers stopped here on a rock outcropping with a nice view of the lake.
Others, mostly "the young ones," decided to try the climb up Cradle Mountain.
I actually considered it, but it would have been a long day with lot of vert. Instead Bill and I opted to walk around Cradle Lake along the top of a big plateau above tree line.
Bill with Cradle Mountain in background
Top of the plateau
Other small lakes visible on the plateau
Another view of Cradle Lake from above
Parakeets above the lake
The great thing about this hike, aside from the expansive views, was that there was practically no one there. I think we saw one other couple the entire day. It took about 5 hours with plenty of stops on a picture perfect day, unusual in these parts.