Ada Pass Hut
Ada Pass Hut (sleeps 14 on platform beds, matresses, stove, tank & river water) is a large, comfortable two-room hut on the St James Walkway just west of the Ada Pass. The hut is located just inside mature beech forest next to grassy river flats. The large size of the hut belies the small number of visitors it gets - this area is not as busy as the Nelson Lakes to the north. Though the hut is of 'serviced' category, cooking facilities are not provided. The servicing refers to the provision of coal for the fire.
The walk up the St James Walkway from the Lewis Pass is easy - a walking track rather than a tramping track - though almost entirely through bush. Beyond Ada the track enters grassy flats and views improove.
The hut also provides a base for those wishing to climb to the three-tarns pass - a beautiful spot for a summer dip. This is an alpine route over tussock & scree - but well worth the scramble. It is possible to continue to Bob's Hut 10km beyond.
Lewis Pass Summit (M31 606696): 3-5 hours (11km). Very good cut and platformed track through beech forest, via Cannibal Gorge Hut.
Cannibal Gorge Hut: 1-2hrs (3.5km) platformed, cut walking track.
Christopher's Hut: 11.5km. Cut walking track.
Bob's Hut: 6-12 hrs (13.5km). Alpine route via 3-Tarn Pass. Cut track through beech, starts at cairn on St James Walkway 500m west of Ada Pass Hut (100m west of Billy Goat Gruff Bridge). Tussock/scree route from bushedge.
|Facilities||Toilet, Enclosed wood/coal burner|
|Water supply||Tap or tank water|
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