Altitude: 270m to 370m. Gain: 208m. Loss: 175m . Gradient: 2 deg (Flat)
Skills: - Prolonged rivers (4/6)
The walking route into the Wilkin starts at Wilkin road, 4km south of Makarora Wilderness Lodge.
Follow Wilkin Road down to the Makarora and ford the river at the braided section here. The Makarora is a serious river - knee to thigh deep in normal flows it can be crossed by individuals and parties experienced in river crossing techniques. After any rain it will be impassable - as will the Young to the north and Wilkin to the south, making the jetboat your only option.
Once across, follow the farm track into the base of the Wilkin and pick up the poled route heading up valley. This is a private, farmed valley, so stick to the permitted track up river flats and occasionally low on the beech faces. The jetboat pickup spot is 1km below Kerin Forks hut, and in busy season will be notable for the crowds of people getting on / off boats. Kerin Forks Hut is 1km upriver on the opposite bank, and a crossing is required - knee to thigh deep in normal flows. Easily impassable after rain.