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Mt Brown Hut, West Coast

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Mt Brown HutIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Steve Hanmer

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West Coast


Back country - remote

Out and Back


Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

4:00 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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Start from Geologist Creek, the track is well marked and fairly gentle for about the first 2 kms, after this point it gets a lot steeper and the trail gets much mor technical. You'll be on all fours for parts of this.

Eventually the bush thins and the gradient mellows out after about 3km. From here, keep pushing up and eventually you'll pop out of the bush into a basin which is clearly poled to the Mt Brown Hut.

Stop and enjoy they stunning location of this hut, and make a mental note to plan an overnight trip up here next time you're in the area, as it would be such a magical place to stay. After you've fed and watered yourself, and soaked in all the views you can, head straight back down the way you came. It's mostly 'runnable' , with the odd section where extra care must be taken to get down safely.

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Features of interest

The Hut is just in an incredible spot

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 10%

Technical Single Track: 80%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

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  • Access

    From Hokitika head towards Lake Kaniere, from here follow Dorothy Creek Falls Road until you reach the trail head at Geologist creek

    Small parking area near the DOC sign

    32 km

    35 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    The start isn't entirely obvious. On entering Geologist Creek there's was a cairn/marker a few metres up on the right indicating where to go. If you have the GPX file it should be straight forward

    Very patchy.

    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    Water at hut (has the standard boil notice)

    Heavy rain will make it very muddy and slippery in places.
    Could get snow any time really, so check the forecast before heading out, and take the right gear

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