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black Mueller Hut Track

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1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,666' 508 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 5,907' 1,800 m
Low: 4,271' 1,302 m

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Avg Grade: 24% (13°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)

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Not done climbing after Sealy Tarns? Then head on up the ridge on this scree-filled scramble to a memorable hut site.

Kristen McGlynn

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Avalanche danger in the winter and spring. This is not a maintained route, and the footing can be loose and dangerous.

Bookings are required for Mueller Hut and can be made online.

Description

If you haven't had enough climbing for one day after hiking the stairs on Sealy Tarns, continue on the Mueller Hut Track for even more vertical gain. The track is marked by orange posts and weaves through rocky terrain interspersed with some alpine scrubs and tussocks. This track is not maintained, and the path is sometimes hard to find.

Near the top of the ridge, there is one large scree field with loose footing where you'll want to use caution. Once to the top of this ridge, the view of Mueller Glacier and the spectacular snow-covered slopes of Mount Sefton are impressive. Depending on the time of year, keep an ear open for what sounds like thunder, but is actually the sounds of avalanches on the nearby slopes of Mt. Sefton—an impressive sight to see!

From here, the track winds south toward Mueller Hut. Keep an eye open for the orange markers as the track winds along the rocky backside of the ridge until you reach a small plateau, which is the especially scenic setting for Mueller Hut. The hut has 28 bunks and cooking facilities and breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.

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Apr 14, 2019
Emily Leland KH
Feb 23, 2019
Nicole Hess Wasko
2:45 walking with breaks
Feb 1, 2018
Katie Stuart
Dec 27, 2017
Junyi Julia Zhang
Dec 19, 2017
Alexander Kwok
Dec 11, 2017
Kelsey Kiley
Nov 1, 2017
Kate Meyers
Oct 20, 2017
Nga Huynh
Super hard with the snow. Need proper gear. Gloves and snow gear. Slid down the side on return trip. Check forecast/warnings before.

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