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Griffin Creek Hut

By June 9, 2014 No Comments

A few shots from a pre-Easter tramping trip into Griffin Creek Hutvwith my partner Hana and friends Katie and Bridget. Griffin Creek drains the Tara Tama Range, on the western side of the Main Divide about 46km past Arthur’s Pass Village. This trip’s a reasonably cruisy weekender (it does have steep climbs) but the days are relatively short. We did it as an out and back, but there are possible circuits either off-track or on unmaintained tracks. The present route is kept open by the wonderful volunteer efforts of Permolat. For more about Griffin Creek Hut and track times, check out Remote Huts.

For the love of it... Thanks to Frank King and Honora Renwick for their work on the track.

For the love of it… Thanks to Frank King and Honora Renwick for their work on the track.

It's a steep climb through montane forest and southern rata onto pt 974m.

It’s a steep climb through montane forest and southern rata onto pt 974m.

... and then an even steeper descent into Griffin Creek.

… and then an even steeper descent into Griffin Creek.

Checking out the view into Griffin Creek.

Checking out the view into Griffin Creek.

Decay provides life...

Decay provides life…

Once in the creek bed it's a pleasant cruise upstream, with frequent crossings. Saw a few whio in here too.

Once in the creek bed it’s a pleasant cruise upstream, with frequent crossings. Saw a few whio in here too.

Griffin Creek just upstream of the hut.

Griffin Creek just upstream of the hut.

My harem for the weekend outside the four-bunk Griffin Creek Hut. The hut's been well looked after and is in great nick.

My harem for the weekend outside the four-bunk Griffin Creek Hut. The hut’s been well looked after and is in great nick.

An abundance of mountain cedar around the hut give a unique feel.

An abundance of mountain cedar around the hut give a unique feel.

Griffin Creek Hut.

Griffin Creek Hut.

Dracophyllum and lichen.

Dracophyllum and lichen.

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