Thursday, 21 July 2016

South Wellington Circuit

Thursday 21st July 2016

South Wellington
The route for today's walk was to start at The Springs, walk up the Ice House track to South Wellington, continue on along an unnamed track to the Milles track at the Potato Fields and then back to The Springs, thus completing a circuit.
I set off early from The Springs and up the Ice House track. As I neared the top the track became increasingly frosty and very slippery. As the track crested I branched off and headed over to South Wellington summit. There were a few patches of remnant snow. The day was absolutely perfect for walking with a cool temperature and very little wind.

South Wellington

Track heading towards South Wellington

South Wellington

South Wellington

South Wellington

Cathedral Rock and Montagu Thumbs

South Wellington

South Wellington

Remnant snow
From South Wellington I walked along an unnamed track down to the Milles track at the Potato Fields. The track was generally fairly easy to follow but was quite slippery in places due to the frosty rocks. Crossing the short expanse of scree was particularly slippery.

Along unnamed track

Icy puddle

Cathedral Rock, Montagu Thumbs, Mount Montagu
Once I reached the Milles track it was a simple walk back to The Springs. I did encounter three people doing track maintenance in the Potato Fields area and I did make a detour to check out Disappearing Tarn again. It had almost disappeared this time but there was a small amount of water there.

Potato Fields

Disappearing Tarn
This was a really good walk on a perfect day. Great scenery.
Distance: 11.3 kms.
Time: 5'40"
Ascent: 605 metres
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

South Cape Bay

Sunday 10th July 2016
South Cape Bay
We had a great walk to South Cape Bay today in perfect weather. When we arrived at the Bay we had it all to ourselves and only met three other groups on our way out, so it was definitely not overcrowded, as it often can be. See other posts on South Cape Bay and South Cape Rivulet for details.

South East Cape

South Cape Bay

South Cape Bay

Lion Rock
Lion Rock

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Tom Thumb

Sunday 3rd July 2016

Tom Thumb
The walk was meant to be to Tom Thumb and return and then to some of the huts in the Mount Wellington area. The weather became very cold and windy and rainy on our return from Tom Thumb so we cut the walk short at Pinnacle Road and only visited the Scout Hut.
We set off from the large car park above Big Bend and along the Big Bend fire trail to the base of Tom Thumb. The ascent was in drizzly rain and alas there were very poor views from the top. We didn't stay too long on the summit because of the rain and wind and beat a hasty retreat back down to the fire trail. Of course the sun soon came out but it didn't last long and by the time we reached the Scout Hut it was blowing a gale and very cold. After lunch we decided to abandon the rest of the walk and get out of the cold and wind. The other huts will have to wait for another day.
See Tom Thumb Circuit and Mount Wellington Huts and Ruins for previous photos.
There is no map for today's walk due to the sensitive nature of the location of the huts on Mount Wellington. If anyone wants information on the huts use the contact form on this blog.
Distance: 8.2 kms.
Time: 4'00"
Ascent: 400 metres

Tom Thumb

The Derwent from Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb

Scout Hut
Scout Hut

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Wellington Falls Circuit

Sunday 26th June 2016

Wellington Falls
I started the walk at The Springs and headed out on the Milles Track towards Wellington Falls. The track was quite wet and muddy and frosty as well in places.

Milles Track

Hobart waking up

Milles Track

Milles Track

Milles Track
After about an hour and a quarter I reached Disappearing Tarn which was supposed to have water in it. That was the case and it was the first time I had seen it that way, which was a bonus. The water was a lovely greeny/blue colour and there were gas or air bubbles rising to the surface.



The rocks around the tarn were frosty so care had to be taken. I then carried on across The Potato Fields and on to Wellington Falls which were flowing rather well.

Potato Fields

Potato Fields

Potato Fields


Top section Wellington Falls

Start of the Falls

River Cliffs
Once I had checked out the falls I walked down the Wellington Falls Track and Pipeline Track to the Snake Plains Track junction. I walked up this for a short distance and stopped for lunch. After the break I continued on up the track to intersect the Milles Track again and then back to the car. Snake Plains was rather wet and muddy in places but easily negotiated.

Snake Plains Track

Cathedral Rock from Snake Plains

This was a good longish walk and it provided a great opportunity to stretch out the legs.
Distance: 19.0 kms.
Time: 6'06"
Ascent: 725 metres
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