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Heaphy Track: James Mackay Hut - Lewis Hut

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7.5 Miles 12.0 Kilometers

 

89% 

Runnable

Singletrack

116' 35 m

Ascent

-2,300' -701 m

Descent

2,295' 700 m

High

96' 29 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Unknown

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A gradual descent into richer West Coast bush with glimpses of the Heaphy River.

Alan Eskrick

Overview

Maximum group size six. Hut bookings required in advance through doc.govt.nz/heaphytrack
Features: River/Creek — Views
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Beyond James Mackay Hut, a gradual 12.5km descent to the Heaphy River begins. The track is through beech forest at first, but richer and taller forest typical of the West Coast become dominant.

There are some rough creek crossings which may be wise to take slowly, but otherwise DOC have done a great job of reinstating the water tables, graveling the surface, and draining boggy sections.

Occasional tantalising glimpses of the Heaphy River are seen through the forest. The 20 bunk Lewis Hut appears at the junction of the Heaphy River with the smaller Lewis River, along with the first nikau palms.

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