A well surfaced track climbs, steeply at first, through thick, native cloud forest. The gradient eases before coming out onto open tussock on Swampy Spur.
From here the track climbs to a trig for panoramic views of the city and beyond. After that the track is rougher - more typical of a tramping track - and it’s another steady climb to the vehicle track that traverses Swampy Summit.
The carpark is by SH1 at the crest of the Leith Saddle on Dunedin's Northern Motorway. The track start is 50 m along the Waitati Valley Road.