Altitude: 407m to 644m. Gain: 210m. Loss: 371m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
Leaving the hut, the route enters the river where some bush bashing around willows etc is required. Follow the river downstream for approximately 600m until the exit for Holmes ridge track is denoted by triangles on the true left. Exit the river here, or carry on downstream via river route. The river is cold and somewhat slippery with hanging overgrowth in places. Also prone to flood after steady rain. Further downstream on true right markers can be seen for the unmaintained track which runs up to Takapari ridge (near pt 1170). Fairly easy climb onto Holmes Ridge (a nice wide grassed track along the top). Be sure to exit on the right before the road drops steeply to the east. From here a short steep drop leads to a final swift river crossing into the campsite area.