Altitude: 584m to 953m. Gain: 359m. Loss: 654m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
A cut/marked track sidles thew south-eastern valleyside of Timaru Creek.
From Top Timaru Hut, follow the 4wd track south for about 1km, climbing onto a spur before turning off it down the marked tramping track which heads down valley from the crest of the low spur.. The track is poled to the bushedge, 500m beyond, and then cut and marked.
The track sidles through beech forest, generally sticking low near the creek but making the usual climbs and descents round obstacles including one climb of 1-200m.
The junction of Te Araroa (to Stodys & Pakatui Huts) and Timaru River Track (to Junction Hut) is reached after about 10km. The junction is now obvious and signposted.