This can be done as an out and back ride from the Rainbow Road. From
Nelson it is about 2.5 hours drive to Pass Stream where the old pack
track starts behind the old musterers' hut. You can do a loop either
going in or coming out over Maling Pass. A new section of the St James
Cycleway along the true left of the Waiau River does away with any river
crossings. You could also make a loop riding down the Stanley from
Stanleyvale and out via the Edwards, or past L Guyon to the Waiau then
south down the cycleway and out via the Edwards or Peters Pass to the
old St James homestead. However an out and back gives the best riding
with some pushing going back up Fowler Pass. There is a DOC hut at Lake
Guyon if you want to make an overnight trip of it.The total time for this out and back trip was 4.5 hours.
Ascending Fowler Pass
Fowler Pass is reached in about an hour. From the pass the track zigzags down a steep side slope then sidles down the gully with a few creek crossings. After the Stanley River is forded the country opens out.
From the Stanley Vale Hut a 4WD track heads down to Lake Guyon where the DOC hut is by the lake.
Lake Guyon is a real jewel amongst the mountains
November 2014 Photos
Descending the Waiau side of Fowler Pass down Smyth Stream
A horseman and his dogs cross the Stanley River
One of the Stanley crossings and the cycleway down the Waiau
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