Distance: 34.6 km (24.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Hard terrain
Altitude: 265m to 1526m. Gain: 3359m. Loss: 3599m . Gradient: 12 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot, avalanche risk (3/7)


From The Pines to Mitre Flats Hut via Barra Track
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Distance: 7.1 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 265m to 467m. Gain: 322m. Loss: 210m . Gradient: 4 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A farm track leads from the DOC signpost at the gate on the right before the farmhouse. 2km along a gravelled track on river flats follows before you reach a collection of farm sheds. At the sheds, to the left off the track, is a gate with a wooden DOC sign on it - easy to miss in the dark.

A couple of easy kilometers follow on a cut, marked track on river flats. After that the track - well defined and benched into the hillside, starts to climb and sidle. A dozen or so climbs and descent to the valleyside then follow before you finally drop to the swingbridge and cross the Waingawa to the west bank.

Mitre Flats hut is 100m further up river, over another sidestream which is spanned by a bridge.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-27 22:05:50. Experienced: 2010-05-14

Distance: 3.2 km (2.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 376m to 1207m. Gain: 833m. Loss: 53m . Gradient: 16 deg (Moderate)
Skills: - Occasional rivers (3/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Mitre Flats hut, head briefly downstream to the confluence, and then up South Mitre Stream. This requires a few crossings - ankle deep in normal flows but a huge riverbed so it can clearly flood. Pass Baldy creek joining from your right and continue up Sth Mitre until the spur to your west starts to look good travel.

Leave the riverbed and climb west up the face onto the spur. A good ground trail runs up the spur through open bush to the bushedge at 1100m. From the bushedge, scramble on up the scrubby ridgeline until you hit triangles at around the 1200m contour. A triangle-marked route drops WSW off the spur into the basin to its south, dropping 100m to reach Mid King Biv, which is where the map says it should be.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2010-10-16

From Mid King Bivvy to Middle King via spur
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Distance: 1.0 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Hard terrain
Altitude: 1156m to 1506m. Gain: 350m. Loss: 0m . Gradient: 21 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Mid King Biv, follow the DOC track ENE back to the spur, gaining 100m. Once on the spur, swing west and follow it uphill. 300 vertical meters of pushing through leatherleaf follows before you break out into tussock for the last 100m to the summit.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-06-21 04:21:27. Experienced: 2010-05-10

From Middle King to Girdlestone via North King
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Distance: 3.2 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1334m to 1526m. Gain: 319m. Loss: 299m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The ridgeline from Mid King to Girdlestone is great fun. Short tussock tops, narrowing to knife-edges in places. Rocky and tussock scrambles up to each of the peaks. Not easy going, but good fun if you want a good, easy tops scramble on a fine day.

A trig point marks Girdlestone summit, and after the steep 200m climb from the saddle to the south you won;t miss it.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2010-01-16

From Girdlestone to Brockett highpoint via Table Ridge
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Distance: 0.7 km (0.7 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1468m to 1525m. Gain: 42m. Loss: 57m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A narrow but rounded ridgeline of rock and low tussock leads NE from Girdlestone to Brockett. Reasonable going in still conditions.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2012-01-23

From Brockett highpoint to Cow Creek Hut via Table Ridge
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Distance: 4.6 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 498m to 1510m. Gain: 85m. Loss: 1097m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Dropping north from Brockett the ridgeline widens to flat, tarn-dotted tops. A series of low, flat peaks and saddle follow as the ridgeline swings round the north side of North Mitre Stream. Easy descents follow to pt1390 then to the bushedge on tussock and good fine scree all the way. An old track can be found at the bushedge, dropping down the spur to Cow Creek Hut and is readily followed once found. The sidle track from Arete Forks Hut joins soon before you reach the river.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2012-01-23

From Cow Creek Hut to Arete Forks Hut via sidle track
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Distance: 3.6 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 496m to 804m. Gain: 518m. Loss: 344m . Gradient: 14 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Head up hill behind the hut, climb further than it would seem you need to from the map and look out for the old sign where the sidle track angles off up valley. A well established route with old markers continues up the spur and people have been known to miss the start of the sidle track proper. From the turn off the sidle track is typical of the area with heaps of seemingly pointless ups and downs before finally dropping down the open spur to Arete Forks. It is usually open enough and easy to follow the markers but it will depend on how long it has been since it was last cut. Side streams will be a problem in heavy rain.
Much the same time either way. During low flows the river can be a sensible option for experienced river travelers, especially when descending, with only a few deep wades or swims required.

Last updated by: Hugh vn at 2014-10-14 23:18:50

From Arete Forks Hut to Waingawa peak via main spur
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Distance: 2.2 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate-hard terrain
Altitude: 666m to 1411m. Gain: 762m. Loss: 17m . Gradient: 21 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Occasional rivers (3/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot, avalanche risk (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

In the sixties this was a well used cullers route. Head up Arete stream about 100m, cross the terrace and climb the spur. Very old markers may be of assistance but its probably easier now to make your own way through relatively open bush. Use the southern side of the ridge where the scrub starts, and look for a short steep gully on your right through a bluff around the 1100m contour. There is a good ground trail for the last 10min after you join the Bannister ridge.

Created by: Hugh vn on 2014-10-14

From Waingawa peak to pt1360 via Bannister range
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Distance: 0.5 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 1353m to 1407m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 54m . Gradient: 6 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

A moderate descent down tussock tops to the top of the Cow Saddle Track east from Waingawa highpoint. There is no ground trail but the ridgeline is obvious.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-20. Experienced: 2012-01-21

From pt1360 to Cattle Ridge Hut via Cattle Ridge
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Distance: 3.5 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Unmarked route, clear - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1131m to 1362m. Gain: 103m. Loss: 325m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

I walked this in thick fog on a bearing. Broad featureless tops lead NNE from the top of the Cow Saddle track towards Cattle Ridge Hut. No obvious ground trail is present but it is easy going on low-to-rolling tussocks. Cattle Ridge Hut lies off the main ridge in a basin to the east. The descent is obvious if you have visibility as the hut can be seen for a kilometer or so before you reach it. In fog it is harder to locate an good map/compass skills are required as the turnoff is not marked.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2010-06-24

Distance: 1.9 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 429m to 1131m. Gain: 5m. Loss: 703m . Gradient: 22 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Roaring Stag Lodge is visible in the valley below Cattle Ridge.

A good but steep cut, marked tramping track drops down the ridge from Cattle Ridge, first through leatherleaf and later through good bush. Steep & slippery - but easy to follow. The river at the base is bridges and the hut is just opposte.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2010-06-24

Distance: 3.0 km (1.5 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 341m to 761m. Gain: 20m. Loss: 440m . Gradient: 9 deg (Moderate)
Skills:
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the signposted track junction at pt770, a good, cut marked tramping track drops steadily for 300m to the river. The river is crossed on a bridge, and a good, platformed track sidles the western bank downriver to reach the carpark at Putara Road. All creeks are bridged.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-06-21. Experienced: 2006-10-01


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