Sylvester Hut

#78 – 1st July 2016

My latest adventure back out to the fantastic Cobb Valley took me back to some old favourites and also up to visit this cracker hut for the first time.

Situated a 500m or so ascent up from the carpark at the Cobb Dam , this hike is on a well formed track and will take you about 2hours. Once you get up above the bushline the views are fantastic!! It’s a short 20 minute walk to Lake Sylvester from the hut too and it is incredibly beautiful!!

The hut is a modern build that holds 12 on two sleeping platforms and has a fantastic little deck outside. The views from the hut are incredible and its a perfect wee stargazer against the incredible Kahurangi skyline. The sunsets and sunrises here are also not to be missed!!

The hut and lake seem to have been named after S.J.H Sylvester who accomplished some legendary backcountry stuff in his time. He also worked for DOC at the time of his death in 1931. There is a board of information about him in the hut which further tells his story.

We spent two nights up here and shared the hut with an american girl camped outside on the first night and a german couple the second night. The weather was fantastic but it was extremely cold!! Still, no snow :/ ….. Maybe next time??


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