Adamsons Peak; 1225m; Abel #94
Having grown up in the Huon Valley I’ve always wanted to climb up Adamsons peak. I clearly remember catching the bus to school in winter and seeing its pointy white peak sticking out from its surrounds. So on a chilly day in October 2016 we decided to go and check it out. There had been some snow forecast the day before and I was hoping that it would stick around until we made it up there.
At 1225m, Adamsons peak is the 55th highest mountain in Tasmania and provides a good view of the southern ranges as well as Southport Lagoon. The start of the walk is along a board walk that follows the old tramway. Unfortunately there were a lot of trees that had fallen across the track which made for slow progress. Once you pass the boarded section you basically climb up through the forrest. The track that day was pretty wet and boggy as it has rained consistently the day before. As I am writing this about 5 months after the walk I cant recall the exact details of the climb however I do remember reaching a more open area before reaching the plateau where we spotted a wombat. I also recall stopping in some of the old Myrtle forests to take photos (shown below). You eventually make your way out of the forest and into some Scoparia where you get a great view of the forestry operations and dover. From here its only a short climb to the plateau.
We reached the shelter on the plateau and had a quick bite to eat. From there on the track is hard to follow so you just head in the general direction of the peak. There are a number of tarns along the way to refill drink bottles. Once you’ve crossed the plateau there are a couple of little hills to climb before reaching the top. Luckily the snow had stuck around and made for a nice change in scenery but it did make the rock hopping slightly more dangerous.
At the summit there is a large pile of rocks that can be used to get some shelter from the wind. After taking a few photos of the southern ranges as well as Hartz and eating a few sour squirms we headed back the way we came. All up it took us 7 hours and 15 minutes. Unfortunately I have no GPS data as I didn’t have one at that stage.
Getting there: Continue past Dover until you reach the Esperance River Road just before you cross the Esperance River. Follow this road for about 9.5km then turn left onto Peak Rivulet Road. After a few clicks the you reach an intersection, continue left to stay on Peak Rivulet Road and shortly after you will see the sign indicating the start of the track.
Sign by the road indicating the start of the track.
The track was quite wet in places as it had rained in the days leading up to the walk.
Native pepper trees on the side of the track.
Out of the forest and looking towards the bay of Dover and Bruny island in the distance.
The shelter on the plateau
Adamsons peak from the shelter
There are a number of tarns dotted along the plateau on the way to the peak
The summit cairn and whats left of the snow from the day before.
Looking towards the southern ranges (left hand side) and federation peak in the distance.