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Mt Picton

Mt Picton; 1327m; Abel #60

Mt Picton is another one of those mountains that I would see occasionally when I was younger and think about what was up there.  Turns out there isn’t much apart from a trig, a log book and a few hungry skinks.  However, this would have to be one of my favourite walks in the area.

On a warm and clear day in January we set off to climb Mount Picton.  Unfortunately my camera was being repaired, so I only had my not-so-trusty phone camera to document the trip.  The walk starts off weaving through the forest and involves crossing Cook Creek along a slightly slippery fallen tree.  The track then makes it way up through the forest, passing by a few smaller streams that we used to refill our water bottles.  There are a couple of steeper sections that have ropes to help pull yourself up and overall the track is well marked and in pretty good condition.

After what felt like a long time under the trees, we made our way out and into the sun, where shortly after we reached an intersection.  Seeing as though we hadn’t had lunch, we thought we would follow the track to the right down towards Lake Riveaux.  After about 5 minutes of walking the track became quite overgrown and hard to follow.  The occasional remnant of a ribbon-sometimes on the ground-was the only reassurance we had that we were still on a track.  After about 25-30 minutes we reached an area that led down towards the lake.  The track seemed to continue around but we decided against going any further as it was already quite late.  I’m not sure where that track leads but I intend on heading back up there to find out.  We stopped for about 10 minutes to eat lunch and enjoy the view of Picton and the crystal clear water of Lake Riveaux.  We then retraced our steps and pushed on towards Mt Picton.

After walking through a bit more forest we reached a more exposed area with lots of Scoparia and other smaller shrubs.  This section was a bit boggy and involved a short scramble up a rocky scree.  Before long we were at the base of Picton and surrounded by small tarns, flowering native shrubs and lots of cushion plants.  This part of the track is what makes this walk one of my favourites.  There are a few places where you could set up camp if you wanted to stay the night and plenty of fresh water nearby.

We dropped our packs for the last part of the climb and made our way up following a cairned route which was reasonably easy to follow.  Once we reached the top we were spoiled with views of Federation and Precipitous bluff.  After eating a few sour squirms and playing with the local skinks we headed back down to collect our packs and walk back to the car.

All up it took around 8 hours including the ~1.5 hour detour to the lunch spot by Lake Riveaux .

Getting there:  From Geeveston follow the signs to the Tahune Airwalk along the Arve Road.  Just before getting to the airwalk turn left onto Picton Road.  The road will then fork into East and West Picton Road.  Continue right along West Picton Road where you will cross the Picton river on a narrow bridge.  Continue along this road for about 13kms then turn right onto West Picton 1.  Follow this road for a couple of Km’s then turn right onto West Picton 1/2 just after crossing Cook creek.  Follow this road for until you see the tape marked start of the track in the cutting grass on the right hand side.

Picton spur 1/2 road has a number of large ruts.  If you don’t have a 4×4 or a 2wd with decent clearance I would consider leaving your car at the bottom and walking along the road.  It would probably only add an extra ten minutes to the walk but might save you from busting an oil sump.

IMG_6382Nice spot for a bit of lunch.  Lots of march flies.

IMG_6407Lake Riveaux looking up at Picton.

IMG_6411About halfway between Lake Riveaux and Picton, looking south towards Chapman and Burgess (right) and Mt Bobs and the Boomerang (middle left).  Southern Ranges in the far back left.

IMG_6440Clear area at the base of Picton.  It wouldn’t be a bad place to camp if you could find a slightly drier spot.

IMG_6450A large cushion plant.

IMG_6466Looking down at Lake Riveaux (large crescent shape) where we stopped for lunch.  Glassworm Tarn to the right and part of Lake Picton on the back left.

IMG_6467Looking north.IMG_6468The trig on top of Mt Picton.

IMG_6471A very high quality snap of Precipitous Bluff in the background.

IMG_6495This plant reminded me of a strawberry.

IMG_6458Steanes Tarn.

IMG_6510Cairn on the way up to the summit.

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IMG_6521More cushion plants.

IMG_6523View towards Hartz and Adamsons from roughly halfway between the summit and Lake Riveaux.

IMG_6530Looking up from the forest above Glassworm Tarn.

IMG_6536A small opening in the bush provides a a great view of Glassworm Tarn and Lake Riveaux.

IMG_6563Interesting light from the early evening sun on the way back down.

Adamsons Peak

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.

PA200318.JPGSign by the road indicating the start of the track.

PA200345.jpgThe track was quite wet in places as it had rained in the days leading up to the walk.

PA200361.jpgNative pepper trees on the side of the track.

PA200365.JPGOut of the forest and looking towards the bay of Dover and Bruny island in the distance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe shelter on the plateau

PA200378.JPGAdamsons peak from the shelter

PA200388.JPGThere are a number of tarns dotted along the plateau on the way to the peak

PA200435.JPGThe summit cairn and whats left of the snow from the day before.

PA200482.JPGLooking towards the southern ranges (left hand side) and federation peak in the distance.

 

Adamsons Falls

Adamsons falls is a short walk in the south of Tasmania.  The falls are pretty impressive after some heavy rain but expect some water and bog on the track.

Allow about 2-3 hours return depending on the number of stops for food and photos.  If you are also doing Creekton falls I would add allow another 1.5 – 2 hours as the track is slow going.

To access the Creekton falls track, cross the creek at the base of the main waterfall.  From memory there are a few rocks that can be used to avoid wading through the creek.  This will all depend on the amount of water coming down the waterfall.  Once on the other side you should be able to spot some pink ribbon indicating the track to Creekton falls.

The track to Adamsons falls is not in the best condition but it is easy to follow.  Walking from Adamsons falls to Creekton falls is slightly trickier as the track is somewhat overgrown and less obvious.

If you are lucky you might hear or even see a Lyre bird.

This walk was completed on 02/10/17

Getting there:  There are two ways to get to the start of the track.

Option 1:  South of Dover. Approaching from the north, take the old Hastings Road at a junction 3.1km south of the Esperance River bridge in the township of Strathblane, after 1km turn right onto the Darcy Link Road and then left onto Creekton Rd.  Continue past the Duckhole lake carpark and cross the bridge.  Continue along Coal Hill road where it will split into three roads.  Take the middle track then follow that until you reach an intersection.  Turn right then follow that road until you reach the start of the track.

Option 2:  Continue past the turnoff outlined in option 1.  Follow the Huon highway until you reach the turnoff to Hastings cave and thermal springs.  Drive past the Hastings caves thermal pools and visitors centre.  Turn right onto Chestermans Road and follow it until it ends in a T junction.  Turn left and follow the road until you reach the clearly marked start of the track.

Although this might take a bit longer, there are some big trees on Chestermans road that are worth checking out.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEnd of the road and the start of the track.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn uprooted tree near the beginning of the track.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe track turns into a small creek after some rain.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATangled limbs on the track.

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The lower part of Adamsons Falls

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking up at the main waterfall.  Creekton falls track to the right of where the photo was taken.