Altitude: 497m to 971m. Gain: 174m. Loss: 515m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
An old pack-track climbs the valley floor towards the pass, later sidling the northern face - cut through subalpine scrub and fuschia bush. The descent of the western side is steeper - the pack track descending through first scrub then fuschia and finally reaching mature bush at the swingbridge.
The track stopped at the bridge (2007) and an unmarked route followed the southern riverbank the remaining 3km to No. 4 hut. Markers marked the start of the short track to No. 4 hut from the river. (2.5-4.5hrs)