Luxmore Hut Return Intermediate
Submitted by Adam Clifford
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushLakesideOpen ridges/tops
Track open all year round but always check the doc website first, especially in winter conditions as snow and ice and slips in the bush can make for unsafe track conditions.
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Start by crossing the control gates. Take the right hand track following the lake around to Brod Bay for approximately 5km. From here, continue up the Kepler track through the bush until you reach the clearing. Take in the amazing views. Continue on the easy to follow track across the ridge up to the Luxmore hut where you have earned a well deserved rest, this is great opportunity to enjoy even more spectacular views. After leaving the hut, take the same track back down to the start.
A short side trip to the caves is highly recommended. Take the stairs to your right which are roughly 100m as you run back down on the return track. The caves are about a 10 minute out and back return. Enjoy the downhill all the way back to Brod Bay and the control gates where you started.
Features of interest
The caves at the top near the hut are a must see so be sure to carry a torch or headlight.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 100%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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Start at the DOC carpark at the Kepler control gates.
There is plenty of parking at the control gates/start of the Kepler Track.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
Water available at the Luxmore hut.
Very exposed at the top, with cold winds and possibly snow.
Be aware of fallen trees and slips in the bush. Enter caves at your own risk.
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