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 Scotts Knob Loop, Leatham Conservation Area

On the steep climb up from Bull Paddock Stream. Photo: Ray Salisbury

Use a 4WD to gain access to the Branch River. Go as far as you can (the author of this trip made it as far as May Stream).

Carry on by foot to a crossing of the Branch River, about an hour’s tramp from May Stream. Hopping over the shingle fan, take the old track up the true right bank of Silverstream to Mid Silverstream Hut. This should be easy going though windfall may block parts of the track and if it’s wet, then it will be slippery. It shuld take around 7hr to reach the hut.

Carry on up-valley, following the track for a way, then a route. Climbing out of the head of the valley requires a bit of a bush bash. Four reasonably-tough hours should be enough to get you above the bushline where views of Scotts Knob (2160m) will be your reward....

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