Tuesday, 5 June 2018

South Wellington Gulch

Tuesday 5th June 2018

South Wellington Gulch
I have called this walk South Wellington Gulch because it does not seem to have an official name. It is  separate to Devils Gulch and is just west of same.
I had intended starting and finishing the walk from the summit of Mount Wellington but knew that it would have to be done from The Springs as the road was closed above here due to forecast ice.
I set off from The Springs up the Ice House Track, which I am sure gets steeper every time, and reached the top after about 1'15". From there I walked over to South Wellington.

Ploughed Fields

South Wellington

Devils Gulch

South Wellington

South Wellington

Hobart

Hobart
From South Wellington I started along the track that goes down to the Milles Track at the Potato Fields, but only walked this for a short distance before descending into South Wellingon Gulch. The descent into the gulch was rather challenging with numerous large rocks that had to be negotiated. After what seemed like a long time I finally reached the base of the gulch where progress was slightly easier, but there were still plenty of large rocks.

Heading down to the gulch

The descent

Bruny Island and Margate

South Wellington Gulch
I carried along the gulch having to watch every step carefully and eventually crossed the track to the Milles Track. From here I walked across country to Smiths Monument where I had lunch and then walked back to the car. There was a small section of ice on the Smiths Monument track and it became quite cold at this stage.

South Wellington Gulch

South Wellington Gulch

South Wellington Gulch

South Wellington Gulch


This was an interesting short walk but a genuine desire for rock hopping is required.
Distance: 8.0 kms.
Time: 5'14"
Ascent: 580 metres
GPX file is here.




2 comments :

  1. Amazing landscape up there, Denis. So much jumbled rock - it must have been slow going. Wish I was there for it, except for the log climb which would have been a knee killer.

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    1. It was an interesting walk, Chris, and it was very slow going getting down into the gulch. Quite tricky in places when attempting to negotiate the large boulders and trying not to disappear down the large deep holes between them.

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