Though the track goes all the way to Orange Peel Corner (providing access to the Huia area networks), the Odlin Timber Track is mostly used to access the Pararaha and Cowans streams. This is a pity as combining the track with the Walker Ridge, Muir, Pararaha Valley, Buck Taylor and Zion Ridge tracks makes for a complicated sounding but actually great half day loop walk with some great views, good climbs and not much in the way of crowds.
Odlins track itself can be slippery under foot and care should be taken during winter and after wet weather.
Though the Pararaha and Cowans streams are popular off-track routes, they are not maintained by park staff and not recommended for people new to tramping.
Please seek advice from the Arataki Visitor Centre or Canyonz (a registered guiding company) if you are thinking of going to these areas.
Odlin Timber Track details
From the parking area on Lone Kauri Road, take the track following parallel to the road (not the one heading up the hill). After about 50m, the track descends to the Pararaha Stream. Cross the stream and ascend following an old cutting over the saddle, across Cowan Stream and up a long spur to Orange Peel Corner.
What to expect
Suitable for people of reasonable fitness and experience.
Tramping tracks will:
Consist of formed and drained surfaces.
Be signposted at track entrances and key junctions.
Tramping tracks may:
Have structures in permanent wet areas but waterways will not generally be bridged.
Tramping tracks may also have limited track information, and steep grades.
Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen.
You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.