Last Updated: 13th Feb 2024


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Mt Brown Pt 2

Mt Brown Hut

Mt Brown Hut

Kokatahi, West Coast

Submitted by Tony Hart

Last Updated: 13th Feb 2024


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Grunt Factor: 35 ?

Gnarl Factor: 492 ?







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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)


Native bush


Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +837.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -16.6%


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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






Start from the Styx River carpark. Follow the farm trail, avoiding the mud, for approximately 1.5km to the bluffs. Don't try to navigate the bluffs in high water. After the bluffs is a 100m patch of stinging nettle - take care. Approximately 200m from the bluffs is a creek crossing. Immediately after crossing to the TL of the creek, turn left and look for a white permolat marker on a tree to your right, this marks the start of the track.

The track weaves through windfalls and ferns before hitting an exposed spur. Follow this to the beginning of the climb. Around 850m elevation is a patch of rusted iron which appears to be covering a hole. At 950m elevation drop into a rocky gut and follow for 150m. Veer right (TL) when you see a well worn set of steps to the right. Follow this groove to the scrub and then on to the tussock.

From the tussock edge to the hut is about 10 mins (if fast). Sit down and make a brew, you've earned it :)

Mt Brown Hut. Some cool trees with placards.

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Park at Styx River carpark. Can return same way or combine with descent down front of Mount Brown. If necessary can bike or get a pick up at the other end. Loop segment/track starts from Geologists Creek carpark so the shit bit comes first.

13 km

15 minutes




Take topo map and gpx on phone as track can be quite overgrown and can be multiple windfalls in short distance as well.


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, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

Plenty at the bottom. Boil water at the hut.

Don't run in heavy rain or high water. Could be crappy in winter.

Exposure; mud; technical; weather; navigation;

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