Mt Wedge

Abel#124; 1147m

We had originally set this day aside to walk into Adamsons Falls, onto Creekton Falls and finally down to Duckhole Lake in the state’s south.  The night before, a friend had pulled out and the weather forecast had improved-so we changed our mind early that morning and decided to climb Mt Wedge.

Driving out past Maydena for the second time in two weeks, we were again pleased to see snow-capped peaks on the southern end of Mt Field National Park.  The closer we got to Lake Pedder, the more snow we saw.

To begin with, the walk starts in nice and relatively flat rainforest, with a number of signs indicating plant species.  This changes to a short section of cutting grass and then it’s onto the road next to the powerlines that carry electricity from the Gordon Dam to Hobart.  Be sure to turn left when you reach the road and follow it for about 5 minutes.  On your right, you will notice the start of the track winding its way up through the forest.  The first section is rather pleasant; a decent creek with easy access to water marks the beginning of what is a fairly decent and continuous climb to the top.  From here its about 2.7kms to the top with a 740m ascent.  Not much else to say really, except there are a number of trees that are over the track-but in general it is very easy to follow.  There is a slight change in gradient just before leaving the forest but this doesn’t provide much of a chance to rest the legs.

Once you are out of the forest and into the smaller alpine trees and shrubs, you quickly forget about the first part and you focus your attention on the amazing view of nearby peaks and ranges, as well as Lake Gordon.  Initially, the Sentinel and Frankland Ranges catch your eye; but the higher you climb, the more mountains are revealed and by the time you reach the summit you get a full panoramic view of The Snowy Range, Mt Field West,  The Anne group,  The Western Arthurs, Wylds Craig and Reeds Peak, The Sawback Range, The Thumbs, The Spires, Mt Wright and Stepped Hills.. the list goes on.  I would highly recommend doing this walk when you can be sure that you will not be stuck in the clouds.  Although the skies weren’t blue, we were lucky enough to be there on an overcast but clear day-and to top it off there was also a decent amount of snow.

All up 7.3kms in 3hours and 47 minutes including 1hour for lunch and couple of short breaks on the way up. 792m ascent.

Getting there: Follow the Gordon River Road past the turnoff to Scotts Peak Dam.   Ten minutes after the turnoff you will enter the Mt Wedge Forest Reserve.  The carpark is the first left after the Mt Wedge Forest Reserve Sign.

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Sign by the carpark.
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Easy walking at the start.
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Mycena interrupta – Pixies Parasol
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The powerlines near the start of the walk.
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Emily thought this looks like an old man.
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Old myrtle forest.
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A bit of snowmelt coming down the track.
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Looks poisonous.

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Out of the scrub. The first of many false summits.
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The steep part out of the scrub.
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Stepped Hills, Mt Wright and The Thumbs.  Wylds Craig way out back.
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Great view of Lake Gordon.
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Approaching the summit.
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Mt Anne and the Eliza Plateau.
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Looking back towards Lake Gordon and the emergency services telecommunications.
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At the top.
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Emily on the summit.
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Brain freeze.
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Emily threw a snowball and slipped.
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The Western Arthurs.  Mt Solitary in the foreground.
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The Sentinel Range in front and Frankland Range behind.
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On the way back down.
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Mt Wedge from further along The Gordon River Road.
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The Gordon Dam.
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Looking down the wall of the dam.
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Refections on Lake Pedder.

 

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