From Crow Hut to Top of Spur above Crow Hut via track part 1
Distance: 2.2 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 797m to 1499m. Gain: 741m. Loss: 39m . Gradient: 21 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Crow Hut, cross the swingbridge and follow the track upriver. The track drops into the riverbed to sidle below bluffs - this section was in-water when I visited with a bit of meltwater around, could become impassable after heavy rain. Sidles, if possible, looked scrubby.

After crossing the 1st sidecreek upriver, triangle mark the start of the track proper. This climbs east up the spur upstream of the sidecreek. A steady climb through mostly open bush - good going to the bushedge.

Above the bushedge, the track emerges onto a narrow, steep, exposed spur. A couple of very steep sections were tricky in soft snow, and an ice-axe at a minimum was required in winter. Once above the scrub the spur gradually becomes wider and the potential falls recede.

Attaining the summit of the Mokai Patea plateau you find yourself on broad tops of tall tussocks. Occasional warratahs give hints of where to go, but the track has little or no ground trail. For those heading towards Wakelings or Rongotea highpoint, swing SW for 500m along the untracked tops, pass a small tarn and climb to the rounded summit of Rongotea.

Last updated by: Bozzy at 2024-05-17 05:30:25. Experienced: 2009-06-17
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