Mick and Beyond
Wednesday 3 February 2021
Three members walked from Waitohu to Mick and along the ridge leading toward point 975 until we came to the spur where point 872 goes down to Island Forks. The original proposed walk was to Island Forks but, halfway up Mick, one member was obviously unwell, and it was decided to modify the trip.
There is a well-trodden footpad on the ridge between Mick and the spur down past 872 to Island Forks. At this point there are pink ribbons which seem to form part of a trap line down that spur. The trip along from Mick to this point took about 45 minutes. Progress is relatively slow through the dracophyllum and other close growing plants but it is not difficult and there are sections of forest easy to walk through. It would be unpleasant pushing your way through the scrub after rain but we had brilliantly fine weather and were able to enjoy extensive views of the southern main range.
Following a lunch break in the trees on the 872 spur, we returned to Mick and turned south toward Tangata Maunga. After about 250 horizontal metres we located the spur identified by Wayne Griffen in a day trip report October 2008 and made our way down. In the top section using a GPS it was relatively easy to ensure we stayed on the main spur though we did come across some old blazes here and there mentioned in the earlier account. It was not difficult to descend and we met the logging road at 610 metres. This road is more gentle than the Mick logging section and is an easy descent until the bottom when it becomes less defined. After a bit you need to cross the Waitohu stream onto the true left and then cross back before joining the Mick track at the point it takes a sharp left turn. The trip took nine hours. For those wishing to do a day trip to Island Forks allow 11-12 hours. (TF) Party members:
[Ed: See topo map on https://www.topomap.co.nz/NZTopoMap?v=2&ll=-40.795553,175.258241&z=14, taken from Tararua Footprints on the TTC website].
- Party members
- John Dement, Tricia French (leader and scribe), Jenny Mason.