Wylds Craig;1339m; Abel#58
This was the last free weekend I had before the football season started and I was keen to finish clearing the trees on the Wylds Craig access road and walk up to the summit. We arrived around 9am and spent the next 45 minutes cutting and clearing the remaining trees off the road. We had hoped to clear the road all the way to the start of the track- however the last tree proved too big.
We set off at 10 on the dot and walked for about 5 minutes, before seeing a number of cairns on the left hand side of the road indicating the start of the track. The path leads into myrtle forest and weaves its way through a mossy maze of fallen trees and rocks. After a short climb the steep cliffs of Wylds Craig can be seen through the trees. After 3.3kms we arrived at the creek which was bursting with water from the previous days rain. Up until this point the track was in decent condition; however as soon as we crossed over the other side, the small shrubs and trees took over and slowed us down. We then began to climb quickly and steeply through pandani forests until we reached the plateau.
The route towards the summit is well-marked with cairns and the lack of trees provides a great view of the surrounding mountains, as well as a nice change in walking pace. We arrived at the top after 2 hours and 10 minutes and were surprised to find some snow on the shaded side of the peak. The next 30 minutes were then spent eating lunch and taking in the view. On the way back we made a small detour to try and get a better view of the cliffs, but we were somewhat unsuccessful. After a short stop to refill drink bottles at the creek we arrived back at the car at 2:40 and headed off home.
All up 11.8kms with 853m ascent. 1338m max elevation.
Getting there: Shortly after passing through Maydena turn right on to Florentine Road. Follow this road for about 20kms until you reach reach the turnoff to Eleven Road on the left hand side (there will be a sign saying Lake Rhona). Continue along this road until you reach a T intersection. Turn left onto Tiger Road (turning right will lead to a bridge that cannot be crossed). Continue driving on this road for about 11.5Kms and you will reach a bridge on your right that was been closed. Keep driving another 200 meters and the road will fork. Stay on the left and follow this road for another 2.5kms as it climbs up. You will reach a large tree that has blocked the road. The start of the track is about 5 minutes walk past the tree.