Altitude: 95m to 611m. Gain: 632m. Loss: 525m . Gradient: 10 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
Follow the cut/marked DOC track down to the Wainakarua River. A short distance (300m) upriver a rougher track starts on the opposite bank, climbing onto the ridge leading to Staircase Hut. This track was roughly cut & marked when I visited (2007). Staircase Hut is off the south side of the ridge.