Distance: 9.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 429m to 921m. Gain: 177m. Loss: 540m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Note: Described in the reverse direction to your journey

The track starts at a signposted gate / stile on the east bank of Redcliffe Stream at the road bridge. The sparsely poled / marked track follows the bank/riverbed until it reaches the start of an old farm track visible climbing the eastern valleyside. The track climbs Jack Stream, swinging away from the Redcliffe and is vague in places, before cutting back onto the spur between Jack and Redcliffe where Jack swings SE. From here the old 4WD track descends back into flats in Redcliffe Stream where it encounters a fenceline. From here you follow the fenceline up the remainder of the valley to the long, flat saddle above.

The 5km-or-so of flats on Redcliff Saddle are farmed and in pasture. The track follows the east side of the fenceline, sidling low above the flats and remaining in DOC land. Where the farmland ends, cut west along the fence to the 4WD track which can be followed down into the Swift River valley below. Tribulation Hut is 1km downriver on the east bank. The river crossing was ankle deep after gentle persistent rain.

Various landowner-rants in the Tribulation hut book state that land west of the Swift River at Tribulation Hut is private. This is not the case - the only private land is the pasture-flats on Redcliff Saddle. The faces and ranges to both west and east are crown-owned PCL - part of the DOC estate.

3-5 hrs

Created by: Madpom on 2019-05-17. Experienced: 2019-05-10