A sunny autumn day was forecast and we were keen to summit our last Abel in the Mt Field area. Instead of a simple up and back, we decided to make it a circuit and walk in via Lake Nicholls and out along Lake Fenton. We parked about halfway between the Lake Fenton and Mt Field East carparks, then walked about 1km back down along the Pack Track prior to intersecting the Mt Field East Track. As it is a pretty quick walk all up, we decided to check out a few other spots along the way- the first of these was Beatties Tarn, which takes about 5 minutes to reach from the main track. This is a nice little tarn, nestled under the eastern slopes of Seagers Lookout and is worth checking out.
Our next stop was at the day use hut at Lake Nichols, which is in good shape and has a lot of information about the history of the area. From the hut the track begins to climb up towards Windy Moor, with another possible detour to check out the crystal clear water of Lake Rayner. As we were heading up, we noticed the cloud was moving quickly out of the valley towards us and had already reached Lake Nichols. Worried that we might soon be in the clouds, we pushed up along the rocky scree and towards the plateau of Windy Moor.
Once on the plateau, the track continues north east for ~200m before reaching the main route from Lake Fenton. From here we turned right and followed a cairned pad up to the summit, which we reached about 2 hours after leaving the car. We had good views of the rest of the Mt Field Abels including Mt Lord , which we had bagged a few weeks back in complete whiteout.
On the way back we quickly traversed the newly constructed duckboards across Windy Moor. Once across, the track starts to drop down towards Lake Fenton and passes by old snow gum before reaching the intersection to Seagers Lookout. We decided to go and check it out ,and spent a bit of time scrambling across the rock on the eastern side to get a good view of Beatties Tarn. Unfortunately we didn’t find a good vantage point, so we made our way back towards the carpark. The fagus had started to turn and the last 30 minutes was spent photographing various bushes between Lake Fenton and the car.
On the way back home we decided to go and check out the Styx Big Tree Reserve, which can be found about 20 minutes from Gordon River Road just out of Maydena.
Carpark to Lake Nicholls via Beatties Tarn 3.6kms in 55min.
Lake Nicholls to Mt Field East 1.8kms in 46min.
Mt Field East to Seagers Lookout 3.5kms in 1 hour.
All up 10.9kms in 3hours and 50 minutes with 618m ascent.
Getting There: Follow all signs to Mt Field then drive up towards Lake Dobson. Road status can be checked by contacting Mt Field Visitor Centre. The carpark to Mt Field East is well indicated about 10-15 minutes in. There is another small carpark about 1km up the road that is about halfway if completing the walk as a circuit.