Ascent to Clinton Forks Hut on 1991-03-03

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Sunday, March 3, 1991
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Place:Clinton Forks Hut
    Elevation:249 m / 820 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I came to New Zealand for an 18 Day hiking trip primarily because of a free airline ticket that I won while on a previous business trip. I would hike the Milford/Kepler/Routeburn Tracks (in Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks) plus a side trip to the Mount Cook area.

Today is Day 4 of my 18 Day trip and the start of the Milford Track in Fiordland National Park ..... I would do the 53km (plus side trips) Milford Track in 4 days. It is a beautiful track, however it was generally agreed by my track friends that it is not as advertised "the finest walk in the world". The Track's highlights is the climb over the McKinnon Pass with its Kea birds and the Sutherland Falls.
From Te Anau I bussed to Te Anau Downs where I took a boat across Te Anau Lake to the start of the walk at the Glade Wharf and again a boat at the end of the 4 day walk from Sand Fly Point to Milford Sound. I bussed back to Te Anau for tomorrow's start on the Kepler Track.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:47 m / 157 ft
    Elevation Loss:0 m / 0 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:47 m / 157 ft
    Distance:8 km / 5 mi
    Route:Milford Track-glade wharf/clinton forks hut
    Trailhead:TH at Glade Warf  202 m / 663 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:0 m / 0 ft
    Trailhead:Clinton Forks Hut  249 m / 820 ft

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