This walk begins from the picnic area just above the Mountain House Motor Lodge.
It's a great introduction to the goblin forest of the mountain with twisted kamahi trunks covered with ferns and mosses. The track loops around and returns to Pembroke Road just below the Stratford Mountain House.
Access to the east side of Mount Taranaki is via Pembroke Road which leads directly to the park boundary from the northern end of Stratford township.
The road climbs through popdocarp/broadleaf forest and then the montane forest, reaching the accommodation centre of the Mountain House Motor Lodge. The road winds its way another 3 km to the road end car park at The Stratford Plateau (1172m) where there are superb views of the surrounding countryside.