Altitude: 523m to 584m. Gain: 74m. Loss: 132m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/5)
From Gabriel Hut a broad cattle-abused track runs west through a sequence of clearings to Lake Sumner, where it ends. You are then left to follow the lakeshore anticlockwise / west. The faces above are scrubby and this could be hard going if the lake is high, but when I visited in average winter flows there were 5 vertical meters of gravel lakeshore exposed.
About half way to Swell Bay a bluff blocks lakeshore travel. Some point before this a marked track climbs from the lakeshore and sidles the face 20-30m, above. The start is hard to spot, but if you miss the start you can scramble up to it when you find your progress blocked. The sidle track climbs and falls, crosses steep faces and is a pain in places, ending at the start of Swell Bay - well marked.at this end.
Follow the lake shore a further 1.5km to the mouth of the Evangeline. The Evangeline is easy to cross in normal flows but can be impassable after rain. Viable campspots exist in Swell Bay and near the river mouth 0- but sandflies make them a misery - even in midwinter.