Mt Haast views of the world!Intermediate
Submitted by Ben Wallbank
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
From the carpark follow the orange DoC arrows up up and....up. It's a very well worn track and the bush section is good going. After about 1.8k you come out of the bush, now pick up the orange poles towards the summit. The poles will stop about half way up the route where it's then down to you. There are at least two well trodden tracks up to the summit, but please, this is an alpine environment, so if you're not confident, enjoy the already epic views and stop there.
For those that carry on to the summit (roughly 2.7k) you will love the views from the top! It's epic and one of my favourite peaks in NZ - the surrounding ranges are at your fingertips and there's plenty of choice if you wanted to explore further. Return via the same way....or build a hut and live up there forever!?
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Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 25%
Moderate Single Track: 75%
Large lay-by on the main road with DoC signs.
Thermal leggings, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
Just check the forecast and be aware of changing alpine conditions.
On the decent there is one section, 200m from the carpark where another well trodden track send you off to the right. Don't panic, you can get back on track by turning around, or just carry on down....you pop out just down the road from your car.
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