Altitude: 712m to 1404m. Gain: 53m. Loss: 745m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
The Rocks Ahead track starts at the signposted junction at the summit above Back Ridge Biv, with a stamped metal sign stating it is a 2 hr decent. After a brief 100m section on the open top, the track enters mature beech forest and starts its long descent to the Ngarurora River below. Following a well defined spur, the descent is easy at first, with several brief climbs over outlying knobs, including pt. 1371. The last 1.5km however, is steep & continuous & the spur less defined. The track is well cut & marked however (2018) & 20m from the river a signposted junction is reached with Rocks Ahead Hut lying 20m upriver & a track leading briefly downriver to the cableway to cross to the western bank & Rocks Ahead Biv.