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Mt Fell Hut, Mt Richmond Forest Park

Google Earth view of the route to Mt Fell Hut
Area
Mt Richmond Forest Park
Distance
38km
Time
2-3 days
Grade
Difficult
Accom.
Rocks Hut (standard, 16 bunks); Middy Creek Hut (standard, six bunks), Mt Fell Hut (standard, six bunks)
Access
From Brook St in Nelson
Map
BQ26
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Take dun Mountain Walkway to Windy Point from where you can take a shortcut to Rocks Hut by dropping down to Collins Creek.

This will save an hour or more on travel to Rocks Hut via Coppermine and Dun saddles. The route to Collins Creek follows a spur to the forks and then heads up the other side. This is unmaintained track, so you may feel more comfortable sticking to the Dun Mountain Walkway.

From Rocks Hut excellent views of the ridge leading to Mt Fell can be had. It shows a series of climbs over ever-higher peaks. Conical Knob rises 1216m above the Pelorus and beyond is an unnamed 1496m peak so steep it has three fixed wires to help people climb it.

Mt Fell, Johnson Peak and Mt Richmond follow close on each other’s heels, from 1500m to just over 1700m in height.

It takes about two hours to reach Middy Hut from Rocks Hut – this is a good place for your first night if you are doing the trip in three days.

The track to Mt Fell starts near the hut and heads straight up past Conical Knob.

After the knob comes the fixed wire climb of Pt 1496. After this, its, relatively benign travel over the tops before another straightforward climb onto 1602m Mt Fell. The hut is about 2km further on.

There is a choice of exit routes from the hut – head out via Johnston Peak, Mt Richmond and Top Valley or, as this route shows, down into Timms Creek.

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