Altitude: 400m to 578m. Gain: 240m. Loss: 128m . Gradient: 5 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
A poled track runs up the north side of Spotts Creek from the DOC carpark on the Wanaka-Cardrona road. The start at the carpark is signposted and then poled across farmland before joining the farm track up Spotts Creek. After 4km a major fork in the creek is reached and the track swings north up the north branch and starts its climb to Mt Alpha.
For those heading into The Stack CA without climbing Mt Alpha: 20m before the fork in Spotts Creek a farm track drops to the forks via a locked deer gate. At this point we are within the marginal strip and can thus legally follow the track down to the forks. Land north and west of the forks is in The Stack CA.