Altitude: 682m to 955m. Gain: 312m. Loss: 39m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Maintained regularly by local hunters the track is in great condition, and make for an easy walk out of the hut.
From Upper Matakuhia Hut, a good, platformed track heads off up open river flats, before entering mature bush and starting to sidle the eastern face. It later crosses the creek on a modified tree-trunk, and starts to climb the western valleyside on a gentle sidle. It emerges fromt he bush into post-logging wasteland at the side of the former Matakuhia Saddle Hut, of which only the firplace remains. There is parking here, but the last 200m is probably 4WD only, so you may need to leave vehicles on the main forestry road 200m beyond.