Altitude: 523m to 916m. Gain: 277m. Loss: 427m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Streams (2/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
The track north along the ridge from Cattle Creek was, sadly, not maintained (2014). Not one route marker was seen beyond the Cattle Creek junction, and in many places the track is unclear. Though there is a reasonable ground trail along the ridgeline, the track disappears completely as it drops to the forks - with luck you may come upon the ruins of the hut at Birch Whare. Descend to the forks by whatever route suits, and then follow the northern fork upstream (the Mangatewainui). After 1km upstream, a DOC signpost indicates a track on the true left to Makaretu and Leon Kirvig Huts. Thus starts 1.5km, 400 vertical meter climb to the ridgeline where a signposted track junction with the well marked & cut Apiti Track awaits.
Rivers are low (ankle deep) in normal flows but will be impassable after heavy rain.