Friday, 21 July 2017

Merton Ruins

Friday 21st July 2017

Merton Ruins
It turned out to be a glorious winter's day today and not the really cold conditions that were predicted. The aim of the walk was to visit the ruins at Upper Merton, not by the direct route on the Tolosa Fire Trail, but to make a more circuitous trip.
I parked in Lower Tolosa Park and set off up to the Knights Creek Trail and then along the Quarry Trail to the quarry.
Small Weir on Humphrey Rivulet

Not long after the quarry I decided to take to the bush and walk along the ridge line because I knew of a steep slippery section up ahead from past walks. This proved to be a good idea as it was easy walking and I easily avoided the problem section, and was soon back on the Knights Creek Trail.
Along Ridge Line
After a short distance I left the Knights Creek Trail and walked quite steeply downhill to Humphrey Rivulet where there is another weir.
Humphrey Rivulet

Humphrey Rivulet

Humphrey Rivulet
From here it was up to the Ruins Fire Trail before branching off and walking along the cleared section that contained the ruins.
Mount Wellington

Cleared area containing the ruins

 I just continued walking along the cleared section until it came to an end.

From here I noticed a bike track heading up so thought I would follow that to see where it went. It just ended up doing a loop and rejoined the trail near the intersection of the Ruins and Tolosa Trails. It was quite nice walking in there anyway. I then walked along Tolosa Trail for a short distance before deciding to head uphill to the North South Track. It was easy walking through the low scrub. After reaching the track I followed it until I took a side track leading to the Downhill Track where I stopped for lunch. After that it was a simple matter of following the Priest, Merton and Park Trails back to the car.
A really nice short walk on a perfect day.
Distance: 9.4 kms.
Time: 3'43"
Ascent: 560 metres
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Trestle Mountain

Saturday 15th July 2017

Trestle Mountain
Today's walk was to Trestle Mountain. The route taken this time was up from Myrtle Forest to Collins Cap Trail, along to East West Trail and then up to the summit and return the same way. The fire trails were icy, as was the ascent of the mountain, but the weather was almost perfect. The temperature ranged between 2 and 5 degrees for most of the walk and we had a minuscule dusting of snow on the way back.
A really enjoyable walk on a good day.
Distance: 11.1 kms.
Time: 5'14"
Ascent: 785 metres
Collins Cap Trail

Collins Bonnet

Collins Cap

Beside Collins Cap Trail

Trestle Mountain

Collins Bonnet and East West Trail
From Summit-Collins Cap and East West Trail

From Summit-Huonville

Trestle Summit

Trestle Summit

Collins Cap
Trestle Summit Ridge

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Middle Hill

Wednesday 12th July 2017

Middle Hill
Middle Hill is a small hill just off the White Timber Trail and is almost directly north of Huonville. Access to the start is up Judds Creek Road from Judbury and then east along the White Timber Trail. As it is only a short walk I added some extra distance by including a loop via Ice Brook and the Jefferys Track.
The drive out was quite icy and Judds Creek Road was full of the usual pot holes and ponds. I set off in an easterly direction for 2.3 kms. before leaving the trail and heading into the bush. I wanted to walk along the top of the cliff line that leads up to Middle Hill. The ground was frosty and quite slippery in places.
Almost Full Moon

Frosty White Timber Trail

Icy 4WD ruts on White Timber Trail
The bush was not too thick and once I neared the cliff edge it opened up more. There were some good views of valley fog. I walked along the top of the cliffs and then started the descent towards the valley below.
North from Middle Hill

North from Middle Hill

North from Middle Hill

Middle Hill Summit

White Timber Mountain
The descent was quite easy and not very scrubby at all and I eventually found an old track which I followed for a short distance before taking to the scrub and walking down a gully and creek to meet up with the track that runs beside the Lachlan River. The scrub was a bit thicker in places but once I reached the track it was easy going. There was some nice forest in this area with lots of ferns.

Some Scree on the descent



Headwaters Lachlan River
I followed the track along the Lachlan River and then another one along beside Ice Brook until it met the Jefferys Track where I had lunch. From here I walked back to the car via the Jefferys Track and the White Timber Trail. The Jefferys Track was in its usual condition of muddy, boggy, water filled ruts caused by 4WDs. There is talk of improving the condition of this track and it is certainly needed, although the four wheel drivers probably like it like this. There was still plenty of ice along the White Timber Trail at 2 oclock in the afternoon and it was still quite cold. The temperature was between 2 and 4 degrees for much of the walk.
Track along Lachlan River

Some nice forest

Jefferys Track

White Timber Trail
This was quite a good walk but the section along the Jefferys Track was the usual disappointment due to the muddy conditions.
Distance: 15.5 kms.
Time: 6'24"
Ascent: 570 metres
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