// Overall Hike Information
Mikonui Spur Biv was built in 1960 and was one of the last of its kind. It is a basic shell with no bunks, mattresses or furnishings, making it raw and remote to camp. The climb to the hut traverses saddles and dramatic cliff formations which provide consistent views. Once at the Biv, an opportunity to climb into the 1985m Mt Bowen is a great activity (especially at sunrise). On clear days, you will see views all the way out to the coastline as well as surrounding saddles and peaks of the southern West Coast mountain ranges. Heading north, you will cross Miserable Ridge (don’t let the name fool you). Once you’ve reached the far end, you and your Bushman will begin to build a shelter. Often snow covered, the following days walk is through open tussock that leads you down 960m to Explorer Hut, an old, unmarked route requiring navigation with plenty of chances to spot wild deer and bucks. You’ll end the trip walking alongside beautiful, ancient riverbeds, passing a historic homestead and back to the carpark. Overall, a hike with plenty of climbs, plenty of views and chances to explore.