Sunday, 11 January 2015

Mount Styx

Sunday 11th January 2015

On Mount Styx Plateau
I was going to do Mount Styx last November but forestry had one of the access roads that I wanted to use closed at that stage, so it was put off until now. The route I wanted to use, and in fact the one we did use was now open as I had checked with Forestry on Friday. The normal way to reach the start is to drive out past Maydena and to turn into Styx Road and then Andromeda Road and Jacques Road to the quarry. We drove up from Judbury via Plenty Link Road, Plenty Valley Road, Rinadena Road, Lett Road, West Uxbridge Road, Styx Link Road, Styx Road to Andromeda Road etc. Styx Link Road was supposedly closed going by the signs but the gates were unlocked and Forestry had assured me it would be okay. It took about one and a quarter hours to drive from Judbury which is much less time than the other way.
Walking Track near start
We parked at the quarry and walked up the road which soon deteriorated and became an overgrown track. After about 600 metres we found the tapes for the start of the track and commenced our walk uphill. The track varied from forest to boulders and low shrubby stuff on the plateau near the summit.
It was an easy, short, casual walk with magnificent views from the summit. The day was perfect with mild temperatures, very little wind and mostly clear skies. It seemed one could see for ever. After a very early lunch we walked back down to the cars and returned home the way we had come.
Distance: 4.2 kms.
Time: 3'30"
Ascent: 320 metres
Click here to download GPX file.
From Summit

From summit

From Summit

From Summit

From Summit

From Summit

From Summit

Summit Cairn



Road Access
Click here to download GPX file for Road access. It pays to check with Forestry Tasmania, Derwent office, for road information in this area.

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