Top Crawford Hut (Removed)

Top Crawford Hut (4-bunks, matresses, tank water, no fire) is a typical forestry-style hut. It's located on a small terrace several hundred meters above Crawford Creek, about halfway between Crawford Junction Hut at the confluence with the Kokatahi, and Top Crawford Bivouac, at the head of the valley.

There's not a lot to do at the hut itself, being perched so far above the valley floor, and the valleysides being steep. Large expanses of scrub above the hut make any routes directly up from the hut look hard going - those wishing to climb Mt Lathrop are better advised to head up to the Top Crawford Biv first, beyond the scrubline.

The hut's walls are lined, and as such it may be warmer than the bivouac, and it is poissible to stand up inside - another bonus. But the biv is in a much nicer location with great views, and provides ready access to the peaks and to Lathrop Saddle. If it's not too cold, you might want to consider staying at the biv.

Top Crawford Hut • By madpom. Licence: cc by-nd.
This hut has been removed or destroyed. Information here is for historical reference only.
Key information
Owner
Owner: DOC
Category
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Sleeps
Sleeps 4
4
Facilities
Toilet
Water supply
Tap or tank water
Getting there
Getting there
Styx Roadend (J33 596122): 17.5km - from the hut: rough valley track and steep climb over a poled alpine route to the Styx Valley, then a benched track to the roadend. Via Top Crawford Biv (2.5km, 1.5-3 hrs), Lathrop Saddle, Browning Range Biv (6km, 4.5-8hrs), Grassy Flats Hut (8km, 5.5-11 hrs) and Mid Styx Hut (11.5km)

Kokatahi Roadend (J33 577110): 14km - poorly maintained cut/marked track down the valley to the road via Crawford Junction Hut (3km, 1.5-2hrs) and Booboo Hut (9.5km)

Unlocked
This hut is unlocked and open to access.
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Other
Altitude
760m
Mobile phone coverage
No coverage
Maps
NZTopo50-BV19
Map
ID 2007

About this hut

Added 17 June 2007 by madpommadpom. 1 revision 15 February 2011 by glennjglennj.
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