Hump Ridge: Okaka Hut to Edwin Burn
ElevationAscent: 67' 21 m
Descent: -2,739' -835 m
High: 2,878' 877 m
Low: 206' 63 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A ridgeline descent that leads from Okaka Lodge to the Edwin Brun viaduct.”— Kristen McGlynn
The hike along the ridge is mostly easygoing with only a few steep or rocky sections to navigate. For the most part, you can enjoy an pleasant hike along the well-maintained boardwalk. The trail winds in and out of slightly smaller and more scrubby trees that are still quite mossy, and in some places smell strongly of peat moss. There are several rock outcropping that afford even more expansive views of the area.
About 5 km into the track, you'll reach the Luncheon Rock Shelter, a small dome shelter with benches and a pit toilet that makes a good place for a snack or lunch break. From there, the trail begins to descend more steeply, and you'll no longer be hiking along the ridge, but rather winding through some more densely green woods reminiscent of the ridge you climbed earlier to reach Stag Point.
As you descend, the forest changes from the high alpine scrub back to the taller trees of the lowland podocarp forest and the dense undergrowth of ferns and moss. Here, you are likely to encounter more of the local bird life with the inquisitive fantails, tomtits, and robins keeping you company and the noisy wood pigeons trying to navigate the dense foliage overhead.
There are a couple rooty descents and a few boggy places that can get a little muddy depending on the season. Near the end, the trail levels out and become a bit wider until you reach the impressive Edwin Burn Viaduct. This wooden structure is 22 m high and 48 m long, and was once part of an logging tramline that operated out of Port Craig in the early 1920s. You'll cross the viaduct to reach the end of this track and the start of the Hump Ridge: Edwin Burn to Port Craig section.
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Land Manager: Department of Conservation - Fiordland National Park