Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mount Dromedary

Saturday 11th October 2014

I had previously walked to Mount Dromedary a couple of years ago, and on that occasion had walked up to the peak on the western approach. See Here. This time we decided to find the track that went up from the south.
The walk starts at the end of Braslins Road in the Magra/Black Hills area. There is a small parking area here.
We walked up the road and around the locked gate and gradually climbed uphill to the junction -  Platform Peak left and Mount Dromedary right. We turned right and walked around the north side of Little Marsh. The track was a little wet in places but nothing major. There was lots of evidence of timber cutting in the area and many living trees had been felled and just left there. There was also heaps of rubbish beside the track which was most disappointing.

When we reached the start of the western track, it was very hard to discern as the markers had been removed. We carried on along the road in a southerly direction until we reached the point where the track should have been. We did find it but there were no tapes for quite a while so I suspect that they had been removed also. For what reason, I do not know. The track was generally easy to follow and was not overly steep and we reached the eastern lookout after about an hour of climbing. I had not been to this lookout before and I think it provides better scenery than the actual summit. After soaking in the views we took the short walk to the summit where we had lunch.

After a good break we walked back down the way we had ascended and walked around the southern side of Little Marsh back to the car.

This is an enjoyable walk with great scenery at the top of the mount. We walked at quite a leisurely pace today so the walk could obviously be completed much faster.

Distance: 18.0 kms.
Time: 6'40"
Ascent: 700 metres
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Overlooking the Derwent from eastern lookout

From eastern lookout

Overlooking the Derwent from eastern lookout

Looking towards New Norfolk from eastern lookout

Mount Wellington from eastern lookout

Summit Trig

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