Altitude: 812m to 1270m. Gain: 478m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
A cut, marked track climbs steeply through the last of bush and scrub above Herepai Hut. After a hard, steep 200m climb, you emerge on to tussock and gravel tops and the gradient eases. A good ground trail follows the ridgeline up to Herepai Highpoint then west to Ruapae. A cairn on Ruapae summit marks the junction with the Main Range route heading north to Burn Hut.