Mt Mueller; 1245m; Abel# 87
I had read mixed reviews about this walk, but it turned out to be up there with one of the best day walks I’ve done recently. Maybe that was due to the fact it was sunny and we did not require head-to-toe wet weather gear; after the last few peaks, I had almost forgotten what it was like to walk in good weather.
After spending the night at the Edgar Campground on the Scotts Peak Dam Road, we made our way back east to climb Mt Mueller. We arrived at the carpark around 8am and were ready to head off at quarter past. Initially the track is a bit boggy and pretty overgrown. This only lasts for about 20 minutes, and before long the old bulldozer track opens up and makes for some nice walking. Once you can see Fossil Lake you need to keep an eye out for a cairned route on the right hand side that takes you down to the lake. Almost 1 hour later we had reached Fossil Lake, where we had a short break and refilled our water bottles. Note that this is probably the last place to get easily accessible fresh water, especially in the warmer months. The track continues from the North Western side of the lake and makes it up towards the peak above. There were still a few large snow drifts left over from the heavy dumps a week or so ago. We reached the top of the ridge 40 minutes later, then made our way across the top towards the summit of Mt Mueller.
Towards the south, low level clouds had blocked our view of any of the nearby peaks, with the exception of the very tip of Mt Anne. This was not the case on the northern side of the ridge, as we could see all the way up the Gordon Valley. The ridge line then drops down to the saddle before heading up one last time to reach the true highpoint. We reached the top 2 hours and 45 minutes after leaving the carpark, then spent the next 45minutes eating lunch and taking in the view. Luckily the cloud to the south had passed and we could now see all the way down to Federation and PB. Luckily the wind had dropped and we were able to check out some of the more exposed rock ledges around the summit. We then made our way back to the Fossil Lake and down to the car.
All up 12.1kms in 5hours and 45 minutes with about an hour and a half worth of stops. 1336m ascent.
Getting there: Follow directions towards Mt Field National Park and continue past Maydena. Take the right turn onto Florentine Road then about 100m take another right onto Styx Road (direction Big Styx Reserve). Follow this road for a few kilometres until you reach Mueller Road. The gate across the road should be open from this end but not from the Scotts Peak Dam Road end. Drive along Mueller Road for 4.8kms and take a right down an unnamed spur road. Follow this spur road and take the first left. A few hundred metres up there will be a car park on the left and the track begins 20m further up the road, as indicated by some orange tape.