ElevationAscent: 3,248' 990 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,729' 1,441 m
Low: 1,482' 452 m
GradeAvg Grade: 34% (19°)
Max Grade: 85% (40°)
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“A steep but rewarding trail up to Brewster Hut through beech forest beyond the bushline.”— Tilman Giese
After fording the river, the brutal ascent starts. The track seems almost vertical at times and requires continuous scrambling over roots and rocks. After about 1.4 miles the beech forest opens up and you reach the alpine area. The roots are gone at this point, but the scrambling is not any less demanding. However the views are absolutely stunning and make up for the considerable effort you are making. You can see the Haast River and Lindsay Peak with its smaller summits across the way.
After two miles you reach the 12-bunk Brewster Hut (no heating). To your left is Mount Brewster.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Aspiring National Park