Altitude: 341m to 761m. Gain: 440m. Loss: 20m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
A good benched track leads south from Putara Roadend towards Roaring Stag Lodge / Herepai Hut. The track is not gravelled but otherwise good, easy going and all creeks are bridged.
After a long flat sidle above the river, the track crosses Ruapae Creek, and makes a steady 300m climb to pt770. This section is not platformed, but is a good quality tramping track for most abilities. A signposted marks the junction of tracks to Herepai Hut and Roaring Stag Lodge.