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Mount Holdsworth Track

Intermediate

Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
55% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,286' 697 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 4,731' 1,442 m
Low: 2,445' 745 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Trail shared by Kerry Suter

A steep but well-maintained ascent to Powell Hut and Mt Holdsworth summit.

Kerry Suter

Features Birding · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Runner Notes

The ascent from Holdsworth carpark is benched and easily runnable at all times. The last few hundred meters of climbing is on steps.

The route to the summit of Mount Holdsworth (1470 meters) is exposed to winds but otherwise straight-forward.

Description

After ascending the Gentle Annie Track, the run beyond Mountain House Shelter follows the Mount Holdsworth Track up passed the Powell Hut to Holdsworth Summit. It climbs through beech forest that reduces as the bushline and Powell Hut is approached (1200 meters).

Just below the hut, a rocky outcrop gives an excellent view of High Ridge and Totara Flats far below in the Waiohine valley.

Powell Hut is a well-equipped hut on the Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit, and a popular winter destination for fitter day visitors because it is probably the quickest route to reach the snow-covered tops of the Tararua Range.

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Chilly June snow atop Powell
Jul 11, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
View to Mt. Holdsworth Summit.
Aug 6, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
Early pre-season snow near Holdsworth summit.
Aug 7, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
Beech Forest near the upper reaches before giving way to alpine scrub.
Aug 6, 2016 near Masterton, NZ

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