(draft) Trip: Sunrise
Distance: 5.5 km (2.6 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 613m to 1367m. Gain: 859m. Loss: 121m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)


From Sunrise Roadend to Triplex Hut via Sunrise Track
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Distance: 0.6 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 613m to 658m. Gain: 45m. Loss: 32m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the Sunrise carpark, a poled 4WD track (walking only allowed) crosses farmland for 200m to the park boundary. Dogs are not permitted (they can head up the Waipawa river instead though, with appropriate DOC permits), and fierce signs ban just about everything else too.

On reaching the park boundary, barren poor grazing land is replaced by lush bush, and the 4WD track continues a further 200m to a signposted track junction. Triplex Hut lies 100m to the north down the 4WD track.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-21. Experienced: 2013-01-19

From Triplex Hut to Sunrise/Waipawa track junction via Sunrise Track
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Distance: 2.6 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 617m to 924m. Gain: 356m. Loss: 53m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
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From the track junction 100m south of Triplex Hut, a good, popular benched track climbs the spur towards Sunrise Hut on an easy gradient. The broad track zigzags its way up the face on a steady gradient through mature bush., later sidling the northern face After 2.5km (1.5km from Triplex due to all the zigzags) a signposted track junction is reached, with the benched, broad Sunrise Track continuing up the spur, and a more basic tramping track dropping south-west towards Waipawa Forks Hut.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2014-12-21 14:25:28. Experienced: 2013-03-19

Distance: 1.7 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 937m to 1303m. Gain: 375m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: 14 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Benched track

Created by: Madpom on 2015-03-18

From Sunrise Hut to Armstrong Saddle via Sunrise Track
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Distance: 0.6 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1284m to 1367m. Gain: 83m. Loss: 16m . Gradient: 9 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From behind Sunrise Hut, a marked track runs north up the spur, soon emerging onto rocky tops. A poled route continues the brief climb to Armstroung Saddle, passing some spectacular slips to the east. The saddle is the junction with the Ruahine main range route (not signposted) and has a small tarn for water.

Created by: Madpom on 2014-12-21. Experienced: 2014-03-07


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