Altitude: 379m to 921m. Gain: 104m. Loss: 577m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
From the hut the track wanders east the south across the broad plateau. Sparse manuka remains, contorta pines filling the gaps. It’s an alien landscape. The escarpment shown on the mapo is invisible on the ground, walking through a canyon of low pinetrees.
Suddenly, the easy flat going ends, and the track hist the end of the plateau. It drops steeply in a series of zigzags to the Donald River below - through good manuka now, pines left behind on the plateau. The river at the base is small, but wet feet seem mandatory, and it could flood after heavy rain. Good campspots exist on the far, eastern bank.