A visit to Oxford Forest and Wharfedale Hut
|Wharfedale Hut, Mt Oxford Forest|
Day One: To Wharfedale Hut from View Hill car park
|View to South from View Hill car-park|
|Wharfedale Track: View Hill car park to Wharfedale Saddle|
|The red beast at View Hill, Oxford Forest|
|Access road leading to View Hill, Mt Oxford Forest|
|Start of the Wharfedale Track at View Hill car park|
Here is the beginning of the Wharfedale Track, the track rises slowly to a saddle at 750m, 10 km's distant from the car park. The Wharfedale Track is widely used by the MTB fraternity, the bikers ride out for day & overnight trips.
|Oxford Forest track map, View Hill car park|
|Wharfedale Track: 4w/d section|
|Wharfedale Track: In the beech forest|
|Wharfedale Track: Junction to Ryde Falls, Coopers Creek|
|Jon on the Wharfedale Track|
|Wharfedale Track: Sidling the ridges|
|View Hill carpark from further up the Wharfedale Track|
|Wharfedale Track: One of the foot bridges|
|Wharfedale Track: Another footbridge|
|Wharfedale Track: Nice easy gradient|
|Wharfedale Track: Slightly rougher conditions|
|To towards Christchurch from the Wharfedale Track|
|Wharfedale Track: View down into the Forest|
|Wharfedale Track: View of Mt Oxford from the track|
|Wharfedale Track: Just before the saddle|
|At Wharfedale Saddle, Mt Oxford Forest Park|
|Wharfedale Saddle, you could camp here- no water!|
|Jon at Wharfedale Saddle|
|Map: Wharfedale Saddle to Wharfedale Hut, Oxford Forest Park|
|Dobson Creek from the Wharfedale Track|
|On the Wharfedale Track: half way down Dobson Creek|
the above photo.
|Crossing a side creek 5 minutes from Wharfedale Hut|
There is a track junction about 2 km's from the saddle with one track leading to Wharfedale Hut and the other climbing to Black Hill Hut.
|First view of Wharfedale hut as you step out of the forest|
|Wharfedale Hut (1965?)|
|Back view of Wharfedale Hut|
|Track down to Dobson Stream, near Wharfedale Hut|
|The swim-able pool in Dobson Creek, near Wharfedale hut|
|Dobson Stream in winter from Backcountry Bibles|
|Wharfedale Hut: The porch|
|View of the Black Range from the Wharfedale Hut porch|
|Interior of Wharfedale Hut: Sleeping platforms, benches|
|Interior Wharfedale Hut one of the two cooking benches|
|Flowering beech tree, Wahrfedale Hut area|
DOC have already started intense poisoning programs to try and mitigate the problem, that's why you don't import exotic animals into a pristine environment (you colonial dopes!).
Below are various views of the hut interior.
|Reading material in Wharfedale Hut, my cook stove on bench|
|View of Black Hill from the Wharfedale Hut window|
Day two: Back to the Wharfedale carpark
I set off home the next morning at around 4:30am, there was light rain falling and I was worried about possible rising creeks you must cross on the access road. In the event, they were only marginally higher than the previous day.
|My sleeping position in Wharfedale Hut in the morning|
|Usual DOC warning signs inside Wharfedale Hut|
I walked in the dark for about an hour and a half until day break; it's interesting walking at night as your senses work differently. You have the cone of light from your head torch, other than that all is black your ability to see is diminished. Sounds are amplified and your sense of smell is better. You rely on touch/feel/sound & smell a lot more. I really enjoy it, the distance just seemed to fly past.
|On the Wharfedale Track at first light, near Wharfedale Saddle|
Sunrise was just as I reached the high point at the saddle so it was mostly downhill to the car from there. There are not many photos from the second day, because of the rain I left my camera in my pack.
|View Hill car park on the second day|
|View down access road from View Hill car park|
Miscellaneous: Some un-bridged side streams, access road has two fords, these can be impassable in rain