The East Hawdon Valley: A route less travelled...
|Mid way up the East Hawdon Valley, Arthurs Pass NP|
|Hawdon Shelter to the East Hawdon confluence|
Day One: Start in the Hawdon Valley
|Hawdon Valley, 4 W/D track|
|East Hawdon Route...no marked track, make your own!|
There are several points where you MUST cross the river, they were all easy crossings on this day. I ended up crossing the river 17 times going up, a lot less coming back as I found all the short sections of track.
|East Hawdon: river bed travel prevails for most of the day|
Look for the tracks- mostly on the true right!
|East Hawdon hut details|
|East Howden Biv with fire pit to right|
|River terrace next to East Hawdon Biv, looking down valley|
|East Hawdon Biv sitting on its river terrace|
|The East Hawdon, a scree slope you have to get past|
Eventually you reach the last gorge in the valley, from here there is just the slog down the last shingle flat and then onto the trusty Hawdon Valley 4 W/D track.
I will be back again, this is a great location!
Access: SH73 to the Mt White Road turn off, once over the Mt White bridge head left to Hawdon Shelter. From Hawdon Shelter follow the track crossing the Hawdon River and Sudden Valley Stream, follow the 4 W/D track up valley. Turn right up East Hawdon and make own route.
Track Times: 4-5 hours from the Hawdon Shelter
Hut Details: Hawdon Shelter: day shelter only- no bunks, no water but does have open fireplace. There are plenty of rough camp-sites here: East Hawdon Biv; basic, 2 bunks, space for a third on floor, water from stream, outside fire pit.
Miscellaneous: Hawdon River, East Hawdon and Sudden Valley Stream susceptible to flooding in heavy rain, none of the rivers or side streams are bridged. Numerous required river crossings. This IS NOT a wet weather destination.