Saturday, 15 August 2015

Billy Browns Falls and White Timber Mountain

Saturday 15th August 2015

Billy Browns Falls

Billy Browns Falls
 A couple of friends and I did two short walks in the Judbury area today. I chose Billy Browns Falls for the first one because I wanted to check out the flow from the recent rain. See earlier post here for details. 
 The start of the track now has a new sign.
Start of track
 It took us 1'30" for the return walk which agrees with the sign. The track was quite wet and slippery in places but we were rewarded with a good flow coming over the falls.

White Timber Mountain

White Timber Mountain Summit "Can"
 After completing Billy Brown Falls we continued driving up Judds Creek Road to White Timber Trail, where we turned right and drove to the start of the ascent track for White Timber Mountain which is marked by a small cairn. The Trail had a covering of snow and ice in places, but was easily negotiated with a 4WD. See here for previous post on White Timber Mountain from Crabtree. 
Car Park and White Timber Trail
 We set off after one of my companions had recovered from a fall caused by a very icy rock and soon we were clambering through the snow. The walk up was fairly taxing with snow the entire way and it was quite deep in places but we made it okay and settled down on the northern side in the sunshine for lunch. The walk back down was much easier than the ascent.
A good short little walk.
Distance: 2.0 kms
Time: 2'13"
Ascent: 130 metres
The Track

The Track

The Track

Snow capped mountains to the west.
 For some variation I suggested that we return to Judbury via White Timber Trail and Jacobsons Road. This proved to be a very interesting drive with quite deep snow on most of the road until we started descending on Jacobsons Road. Luckily someone had been through previosly and created some ruts, although they did not always line up with our vehicle.
Overall a great day.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Mount Hull

Sunday 9th August 2015

Mount Hull Summit Cairn
There are many routes that can be taken to reach Mount Hull, but the one I chose starts from the end of Montrose Road (Upper) off Main Road.
I found a place to park on the side of Montrose Road about 100 metres before the locked gate and set off up the Montrose Trail. This climbed steadily up beside Islet Rivulet which was flowing from the recent rain and snow melt. As I got higher, I started to encounter snow on and beside the track and it became considerably colder. The trail was in good condition and walking was easy although it was uphill for 3.4 kms. before the East West Trail was met. Along the way the trail intersected the Chapel and Goat Trails.
Montrose Trail

Montrose Trail

Intersection Montrose and East West Trails
On the East West Trail there was evidence of recent motor bike activity and later on as I ascended Mount Hull I did hear a couple of bikes. I walked along the East West Trail in a south westerly direction to the cairn which indicates the start of the Mount Hull track. There were limited views of Hobart and the Derwent from here. I think I located the cairn although it was mostly covered by snow, but a tape in the tree assured me I was on the right track.
Hobart and Derwent

East West Trail

East West Trail

Mount Hull track cairn
I set off following some tapes but soon lost them so I just headed up the ridge following the line of least resistance. The going was slow because of the snow as I had to be very careful with foot placement and did sink up to my knees in places where I found a hole. Eventually I did reach the summit plateau where I came across a few more tapes. It took me 1'20" to walk the 1.0 km. from the East West Trail to the summit. Of course this would be much quicker without the snow cover. The summit is marked by a large cairn of rocks. On the ascent were some views of the surrounding snow covered mountains.
Start of ascent track

Mount Wellington showing the landslide on North West face

Summit Plateau

Summit Plateau

Summit Cairn
By now it was lunch time so I found the only dry spot available on top of the summit cairn and had a short break. I did not stay long as there was a wind blowing and it was very cold, although apart from that it was very pleasant up here.
Not wanting to retrace my steps  I just kept heading in a north easterly direction down to the East West Trail. It was quite treacherous going down and even though there was less snow than the other side it was very slippery and I managed to fall over many times. Luckily I did not sustain any injury and was glad to reach the trail in one piece. From here I simply walked back to the car.
This was a great walk and I would say that the snow made it more enjoyable, although somewhat slower than normal. I would guess that it would be at least an hour less without the snow covering.
Distance: 12.1 kms.
Time: 5'36"
Ascent: 740 metres
Click here to download GPX file.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Platform Peak

Saturday 25th July 2015

Platform Peak Summit
Today I took some friends up to Platform Peak because they had not been there before. See previous post here for walk description and map.
We set off from the end of Braslins Road and walked up to the summit using the same route as I used last time. The weather was perfect with clear skies. To add a little variation, on the descent off the northern side of the peak, we followed an obscure track that branched right off the track. This eventually met up with an old track and finally the good road.
This was an excellent short walk with great views, although I didn't take very many photos this time.
It took an hour longer than when I did it solo.
Distance: 12.3 kms.
Time: 4"27"
Ascent: 509 metres
Click here to download GPX file.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Weld Area Falls (Angel Falls)

Tuesday 21st July 2015

Angel Falls in the Weld Area
 There are four unnamed falls marked on the map in the Weld area and actually all are west of the Weld River itself. Today, I intended to attempt a walk to what I have called "Falls 1" (Angel Falls) and if that worked out on to "Falls 3". It did not quite turn out that way, but almost.
I parked at the start of the Reubans Falls track and set off. Now, most people would know that the bridge across Isabella Creek has been washed out for quite some time, so I scrambled around it on the right hand side and headed up the road.
End of the road

Washed out bridge
 About 1.3 kms. from the start I turned right on to a side road and walked to where it appeared to end. Along this section were some large trees that have escaped the chainsaw.

Unfortunately I obviously didn't have my eyes open properly, as I missed the start of the logging road I was looking for. I back tracked a short distance and headed into the scrub. Mistake 1. The scrub was very thick but I persevered and eventually hit the track that I had been searching for. The track was still very frosty and slippery because it consisted mainly of cut down trees. There was evidence of large trees that had been harvested.
Frosty Track

Remnants of large tree
 I continued on up the logging track until it ran out. By this stage it was all looking promising as I was only about 100 metres away from the falls. I did discover a few tapes which I followed down to the top of the falls. It was quite pretty here and I edge over to where the water goes over the edge. There appeared to be a reasonable drop, and, of course, I had to get down to the base of the falls.
Top of Angel Falls

Top of Angel Falls

Looking over the edge of Angel Falls
 Getting down to the base of the falls was not easy as it was very steep, slippery and muddy down towards the creek. I had to head for a point downstream and walk back up to below the falls. What a pleasant surprise. The falls were beautiful.  There was a good flow which generated a gentle breeze.
Angel Falls

Angel Falls

Angel Falls

Angel Falls

Angel Falls
 Afterwards I climbed back up and out along the track to the road, noting my mistake where I headed bush. Back up the road I turned right and followed a logging track for a distance before it ran out. Along here were huge stumps from timber harvesting.
This stump was huge - probably about 3 metres diameter at the base
 Now comes Mistake 2. I wanted to get over to the Mount Weld track and walk down to the creek which contained "Falls 3". Instead of walking back and following the road around, I opted to go straight across country to the track. I mean, how hard could it be. It was only about 120 metres. Well, the scrub was diabolical. It was so thick with low branches of trees going in all directions. But, being pigheaded I carried on and eventually burst out on to the track. It took me 25 minutes to travel that 120 metres!! Once on the track I walked down to the creek and checked out the access to the falls. It would have entailed a scrub bash upstream of about 400 metres which was something I thought I could do without. I will return in the future and walk upstream to the falls. From here I walked back to the car.
Marker for the start of Mount Weld track

This was a great walk and the falls were really worth the effort. I think they are worthy of a proper name. Of course it would have been so much easier without the mistakes. Never mind, it makes life interesting. The Mount Weld track was wet and muddy and had lots of cutting grass.
Distance: 8.4 kms.
Time: 4'42"
Ascent: 335 metres
Click here to download GPX file. 
Thanks to Nick Monk who provided the information on Weld Falls 1 that it was actually Angel Falls.