Clear Hill

Abel#105; 1198m

The day started off with a quick visit to Adamsfield after collecting the key from the Mt Field Visitors Centre. We had a look around the Clarke Huts and some old machinery, before heading further along the Morley Track to poke around the old mine sites.  After negotiating a couple of creeks and puddles we reached a large section of the track that was significantly under water, and decided not to take the risk and return in drier times.

After performing a 48 point turn, we returned to Clear Hill Road and continued on for a few kms to the start of the Clear Hill Track.  There is a small cairn on the left hand side of the road, and a number of ribbons on the right hand side that indicate the start leading up the embankment. The first ~10 minutes from the road follow a steep and slippery track cut through thick bush before reaching the ridge.  At this point, a number of large conglomerate boulders occupy the landscape and The Thumbs can be seen across Clear Hill Plains. We were lucky to get a quick glimpse of Gordon Gorge before the clouds settled in, and any chance of getting a view from the top had vanished.  From this point the track climbs steadily, passing by a number of very large boulders that seem out of place.  At one point the track descends into a gully and passes by a small cave on the left hand side, before the final climb to the summit.

We reached the summit trig 1.5 hours after starting and had some lunch out of the wind.  I can only imagine the views of Stepped Hills, The Thumbs and the Denisons would be pretty spectacular on a clear day.  On the way back we stopped to check out Adams Falls which had a lot of water coming down.

All up 5.1kms in 3 hours and 10 minutes with 592m ascent.

Drive along the Gordon River Road until you reach Clear Hill Road (4kms past the Scotts Peak Dam turnoff). Follow Clear Hill Road for 21.6kms and the track will be on the right.

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Adamsfield Hut
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Old machinery at Adamsfield
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Morleys Mansion
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Rust and lichen
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Looking towards The Thumbs
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Clear Hill Plains and Gordon Gorge
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Gordon Gorge
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Near the summit
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Lake Gordon on the way down
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More cloud on the way down
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Large boulders
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Interesting geology
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Adams Falls

 

 

 

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