Saturday, 13 September 2014

Montagu Thumbs Circuit

Saturday 13th September 2014

Today, we had a good walk doing the Montagu Thumbs Circuit, starting and finishing at Betts Road. There is a walk description and map for the same walk done last year, here.
We had great weather, and after huffing and puffing up Betts Fire Trail and the Cathedral Rock track, we reached the summit in good time. We then walked along Montagu Thumbs Ridge and down to the fire trail and on to Wellington Falls for lunch. There was quite a good flow in the river. The Siphon Track down from the Pipeline Track was quite slippery and I managed to fall over a couple of times. The time taken was very similar to when I did it last year.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Mount Frederick

Thursday 4th September 2014

Mount Frederick Summit
About 2 months ago I attempted to walk to Mount Frederick but chose the wrong route and ended up with a major scrub bash on my hands. I walked up the eastern ridge and was attempting to approach the summit from the east. I managed to reach the top of the ridge okay but the scrub was so thick and unrelenting, that I abandoned that attempt, even though I could see the summit about 1.3 kms. away. Thanks to Becca, who kindly provided me with the correct route, I made it this time.
Nevada Peak and Snowy South in the morning from car park
To reach the walk start you need to drive out from Judbury through Lonnavale, Denison Road, Weld Road and South Weld Road past Glovers Bluff and turn into a logging coup. Included in map below and GPX file.
There was some cloud on the peaks but it looked like it would be a good day. I set off at 0740, up on the old logging track for about 250 metres before meeting the forest. The climb up was relatively steep for about 500 metres or so before levelling out somewhat. There were some downed trees to climb over or around. Once I got into the flatter section there was some tall Pandani and also some cutting grass and also some sections of scrub which were not too bad in comparison to the previous attempt.
Pandani in the flatter section
At the end of the flatter section was the final climb up to the summit. The scrub became smaller the higher I reached and was quite stunted up on the summit. It was quite wet also, with lots of pools of water. The views were okay, but the nearby ranges did have some cloud cover. There was a solar powered communications set up and a small cairn here. After a snack I began the walk back down and by the time I reached the car I was feeling a little tired. I did manage to fall over a few times coming down, as it was quite steep in places. I ended up wet and dirty, but quite satisfied that I had made it.
It is not a bad walk and the views are quite good from the summit. It must also be noted that the entire walk is off track.
Distance: 6.6 kms.
Time: 6'20"
Ascent: 450 metres
Click here to download GPX track.
Below are various views from the summit.

Nevada Peak and Snowy South in the afternoon almost cloud free

Walk Route

Road Access

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Devils Throne

Saturday 30th August 2014

Today I went for a leisurely walk to Devils Throne on the usual circuit walk off Thark Ridge with a couple of friends. See previous post on Devils Throne 1st May 2014  for a map and GPX file of this route right at the end of the post.
We set off at 0830 and climbed up to Thark Ridge where there was a small amount of snow/ice, and took the track that goes over the wet area first and then onto Devils Throne lookout. The weather was perfect and the views were stunning. We had an early lunch here before climbing back up to Thark Ridge and walked along the ridge back to the car.
I did not take many photos as there are some in the previous post.
Distance: 10.6 kms.
Time: Today 5'40" and when I walked it alone 4'32"
Ascent: 400 metres
Thark Ridge

Mount Wellington

On the track

Thark Ridge

Collins Bonnet

On Thark Ridge
On Thark Ridge

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Hartz Peak

Saturday 23rd August 2014

Mount Snowy and Hartz Peak
Today I went for a walk to Hartz Peak with a couple of friends, on a fantastic clear day, and the scenery from the top was simply stunning. Most of the previous times I have been here the peak was shrouded in cloud and visibility was limited, but not today.
The start is easily reached by turning off at Geeveston and following the signs. National Parks Pass required.
I won't write much of a description as the walk is describe in many other places and is easy to walk.
We set off early before everyone else, and that proved to be a good move, as we ended up having the peak to ourselves while we were up there.
The walk is on boardwalk for a lot of the way and we detoured to check out Lake Esperance on the way up. Just below Hartz Pass we encountered some snow, but it was not too difficult to cross, and after the final climb we reached the summit. As I said previously, the views were great, but the wind came up and it became quite cold, so we didn't linger too long. On the descent we started to meet hikers walking up and this became a regular occurrence. Even a couple in shorts and T shirts. I didn't think it was that warm. We continued on down to find the car park full.
This is a great iconic walk in south east Tasmania with fantastic views on a good day.
Distance: 8.1 kms.
Time: 3'26"
Ascent: 480 metres
Click here to download GPX track.
Lake Esperance

Hartz Mountains

Mount Snowy

Snow at Hartz Pass

From Hartz Pass

Hartz Lake

Hartz Lake

Looking West

Looking South West

Looking South West


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Bluff River Gorge

Thursday 21st August 2014

Bluff River
Today was just going to be a short walk in the Bluff River Gorge and the intention was to walk down to the gorge and then along the eastern side of the river and the back along an old track. It all went to plan.
To reach the walk start, drive out on the A3 towards Buckland and then the C318 (Buckland Road) for about 11.6 kms to the walk start. It is about 600 metres past the Cutting Grass Road intersection and on the edge of a cleared paddock. There is a small parking area here.
Sandy access track
I set off at 0830 along a rough track that headed east towards the river. There was evidence of plenty of motor bike and foot traffic as it was quite sandy. It would be possible to drive down this track in a good 4WD. At the 1.2 km. mark I took the left track and carried on to 1.6 kms. where a foot track branched off and descended to the river. It was quite easy to follow and was well marked with tape. There was not a great flow in the river and it was easily forded.
Bluff River Crossing
Once across the river the track climbed up and then backtracked slightly before eventually reaching a height which was just under the top of the cliffs. There were great views of the weathered sandstone cliffs and I took some time checking them out.
The track under the sandstone cliffs
The track continued on basically following around the path of the river but well above it. In places there were good views across to the other side of the gorge.
Sandstone Cliffs

Sandstone Cliffs

View across to other side
I found a good spot in the sun to have a snack and then continued on. At the point where the track started heading down to the river, I carried on following the old track which eventually arrived at the northern river crossing. It was difficult trying to remain on track in this section, but it did not matter, as it was just the case of walking around the river bank. The river was easily crossed  and then I climbed up to find the old vehicle track and followed this back to the car.
This was a great short walk with nice scenery, and on a picture perfect day as well.
Distance: 8.3 kms.
Time: 3'22"
Ascent: 315 metres
Click here to download GPX track.
Sandstone feature

Sandstone Cliffs

Sandstone Cliffs

Sandstone Cliffs

Sandstone Cave

Sandstone Cave