Distance: 33.0 km (20.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 305m to 1633m. Gain: 2276m. Loss: 1734m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)


Distance: 14.2 km (9.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 305m to 1458m. Gain: 1258m. Loss: 638m . Gradient: 8 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the car park follow a 4WD track up the hill until a sign points the way to the "Boyd Creek Tops". Follow a well marked track across scrubby terrain and then up through bush all the way to bush line. Cross open tussock tops, keeping high to avoid swampy terrain, to the southern branch of Walker Creek draining the Countess Range tops. Climb up tussock between sub-branches of Walker Creek to reach scree, and ascend to the obvious low point of the range between Winton Peak and Peak 1690. From the top, Peak 1690 can be easily climbed as a side trip by following the ridge south. Descend northeast from the ridge of the Countess Range into the stream valley draining southeastwards from Winton Peak. Follow the stream all the way down into the Upukerora Valley, negotiating scrub at the bottom. Descend the broad, tussock covered valley to find shelter in the tree line 1.5km away if required.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2015-06-04 20:27:08. Experienced: 2015-03-01

From Sheltered Campsite, Upukerora River to Saddle north of Pt 1777 via Livingstone Mountains part 1
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Distance: 0.0 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 925m to 1436m. Gain: 511m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 30 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Multiple routes exist, up spurs onto the Livingstone Range, and down to Forks hut, but the route as traveled here heads north from the tree line campsite to a large stream draining the tops between Peak 1588 and Peak 1777 and then follows this up to where it branches. Climb the ridge line between the branches, initially up tussock then firm scree, all the way up to 1400m. From here begin to angle northeastwards to gain the low saddle on the ridge line of the Livingstone Mountains. The valley draining eastwards towards the Windon Burn appears to be bluffy southeastwards of the lakes shown of the map but a way down might be possible. T

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2020-01-22 03:48:20. Experienced: 2015-03-02

From Saddle north of Pt 1777 to Forks Hut via Livingstone Mountains part 2
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Distance: 0.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 776m to 1633m. Gain: 128m. Loss: 861m . Gradient: 39 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The ridge line of the Livingstone Mountains is broad and easy to follow so head northwards past Peak 1588 (sidle on scree on its eastern side) and follow the ridge line up to the base of Peak 1750. Peak 1750 makes a good side trip and is easily climbed from here. Drop northwards down steep scree and tussock into the valley draining the northern slopes of Peak 1750, and descend down on the true right avoiding numerous Spaniard bushes. Between 900-1000m cross the stream to the true left and descend down tussock slopes into the Windon Burn valley, Forks hut clearly visible on the other side of the river. Look for a crossing point , or make your way down to the 4WD ford and gain the 4WD track on the true left of the Windon Burn. Follow this up to Forks hut.

Last updated by: Yarmoss at 2020-01-22 03:57:30. Experienced: 2019-12-16

From Mararoa River Crossing to Forks Hut via Windon Burn
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Distance: 8.7 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 627m to 788m. Gain: 279m. Loss: 127m . Gradient: 3 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Uploaded from GPS

The track branches off the Mavora Walkway to follow a rough 4WD track through river crossings over the Mararoa River and Windon Burn. A rough 4WD track runs up the true right of the Windon Burn through tussocked paddocks.
Forks Hut is reached by crossing a few small side rivers, and then the Windon Burn near the hut.

Created by: Leahcarn on 2016-12-13. Experienced: 2016-11-12

From Mavora Lakes Campsite to Careys Hut via Mavora Walkway
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Distance: 10.1 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Road - Easy terrain
Altitude: 614m to 656m. Gain: 100m. Loss: 108m . Gradient: 1 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the Mavora Lakes Campsite follow 4WD tracks to the bush at the north end of the campsite. The 4WD track passes along the lake shore and clears the bush after 3km, climbing up above the lake before dropping back down to near the water at Careys Hut.

Created by: Yarmoss on 2015-06-07. Experienced: 2013-01-01


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