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Mt Weld

Abel #56; 1344m

Mt Weld had been on the to do list for some time; I’d first taken an interest in it while walking along Nevada Peak, and noted it’s apparent isolation around some more well-known mountains and mountain ranges.  The original plan for this week was to traverse the Western Arthurs, but unfortunately a persistent knee injury and a pretty average weather forecast prevented that from happening.

The walk begins at a collapsed bridge on Isabella Creek and follows the South Weld Road for just over a kilometre.  The road then turns sharply to the left and a taped stick in front of a wall of cutting grass indicates the start of the track.  This old bulldozer track is now overgrown with high cutting grass, and a number of fallen trees slow progress.  Between sections of cutting grass the track passes by large eucalypts, as well as a number of small streams.  Overall it is well marked with ribbon and relatively easy to follow to the Trout Lake outlet creek.  This is the last source of decent water for a while so it is recommended to fill up here before starting the long climb.

Once the Trout Lake outlet creek has been traversed, the track then passes briefly through some horizontal forest before climbing very steeply through  Tea Tree and Dogwood forests and along a ridge line.  There is no defined track for most of this section and locating the next coloured ribbon can be tricky at times. As you climb higher, large eucalyptus are replaced by old myrtles and sassafras, and before long pandani and snow gums begin to appear.  This is probably the worst section of track as it is very overgrown and poorly marked; we spent a character-building hour or so pushing through bauera, scoparia and pandani while still climbing up towards the campsite.  Eventually the track levels off, before dropping slightly to a nice alpine moor with a number of small ponds.  From here the coloured ribbons disappear, and you need to follow a faint pad across the moorland. Views of Trout Lake and the skeletal remains of snowgum are a nice change from the scrub that made up the last hour of walking.

The plan here is to walk (in a south westerly direction) towards the outlet creek of the unnamed tarn above Trout Lake.  As far as I could tell, there was no distinct pad from here and we just followed the clearest line up towards the tarn along the creek.  The western side of the creek seems to be more open-however the rocks are slippery when wet.  Once up on the plateau, there are a number of decent camp sites on the southern side of the tarn.  After a wet, scrubby climb we decided to have some dinner before heading up to the summit for sunset. As outlined in the Abels Vol.2, head up on the northern end of the creek outlet and follow the easiest route up towards the eastern highpoint. We came across a few cairns along the way, but for the most part we just followed the most obvious path along the boulders.  As we climbed higher we were treated with a light show from the fading sun trying to pierce through the cloud. Rays of light lit up parts of the Anne group and the Gallagher Plateau, as well as the Western Arthurs. To reach the summit you need to drop back down along a nice, but windy, alpine plateau before a short climb to the summit of Mt Weld.  Remnants of an old trig were scattered around the highpoint, and unfortunately the clouds rolled in just as we reached the top.   We then walked back to our camp and settled in for the night.

My alarm was set early to catch the sunrise, but the cloud was so thick that I didn’t get to see anything and opted to stay in bed.  Intermittent rain and strong gusts of wind were another good reason to stay in the tent longer than planed.  A break in the rain gave us enough time to pack up and cook some breakfast in the cold before heading back down the way we came.

Walking back  was a pretty painful affair as my supposedly good knee must have had enough of making up for the dodgy one and decided to go about 10 minutes after leaving camp.  I resorted to walking down backwards on the steeper sections as I couldn’t bend it all and was forced to drag it over the numerous obstacles strewn across the track.  The last few kms through the cutting grass weren’t much better as the lack of foot lifting meant that I would constantly get snagged on loose strands.  Apart from that it was an excellent trip and lived up to the expectations.  Unfortunately I will have to take some time off doing some of the more strenuous walks as I wait for surgery on my knee,  it might be a good chance to go and check out some waterfalls or buy a packraft…

Getting there: Follow direction as outlined in the Reuben Falls Post.

All up 23.3kms with 1511m ascent.

Carpark to Trout Lake outlet creek crossing – 4.8kms in just under 2 hours.

Creek crossing to campsite on unnamed tarn – 5.2kms in ~4 hours

Campsite to summit – 1.4kms in 1 hour

Campsite to carpark – 10.2kms in a painful 6 hour and 15 minutes

Heading into the cutting grass. Emily in her anti-leech fortress.
The final creek before the climb.
The track through bauera, scoparia and all other things nice.
Small tarn on the plateau.
First view of Trout Lake.
The outlet creek from unnamed tarn.
Setting up camp.
Unnamed tarn and our campsite.
Pineapple grass below a rocky outcrop


Looking towards the Jubilee Range.
Looking back towards our campsite.
Weld Light 2
Last rays of light on Weld Ridge.
Weld Light
Looking over the Western Arthurs and Anne group.
The south eastern highpoint from near the summit.
Blue light on the way back down.

Reuben Falls

Today had been set aside to join a PWC walk to Mt Blackwood and Sandbanks Tier; unfortunately the weather forecast was pretty miserable and the walk was canceled.  Still keen to head out for the day, we decided to head south and check out some spots around the Weld River and Reuben Falls.

The first stop was to visit the Weld and Huon River junction.  To get there, we drove down a 4WD track next to Eddy Road, but we quickly reached a point where I could drive no further and we continued the rest of the way by foot.  There is no track to the rivers but the bush is easy enough to navigate and fairly open.

We then drove across the Weld River and along South Weld Road until we reached the giant sinkhole, and the start of the Reuben Falls track.  On a side note, this is also the start of the walk to Mt Weld. Although the sign says 70 minutes return, the walk to the falls is only about 10 or 15 minutes along, and follows Isabella Creek before dropping steeply down to the base of Reuben Falls.  We spent the next hour or so walking around the upper and lower sections of the falls taking pictures, and looking at the fossils that can be found in the rocks at the base of the falls..

On our way back out we made a quick detour to check out the lookout on Glovers Bluff. Unfortunately this highpoint had been used to roll tyres down to the plains below and somewhat spoiled the view.

Overall, it was a very easy day with minimal walking-but it was still nice to be out in the bush.  Hopefully the next time we are out here is to walk to Mt Weld.

Getting there:  Access to South Weld Road from the Airwalk has been blocked off due to road damage so the only way to Reuben Falls is via Southwood Road.  We drove in via Lonnavale and continued along Denison and Southwood road then took the first right past the entrance to the Southwood mill.  This road is called Eddy Road on the 1:25000 TASMAP maps but is unnamed on google maps.  Continue along this road and cross over the Weld River bridge until you reach a T intersection with South Weld Road.  Turn right at this intersection and follow South Weld Road until the end of the road and the start of the Rueben Falls Track.  To access Glovers Bluff, take the first right on South Weld Road and stay left at the fork.


Flowering heath.
The obstacle.
The Weld and Huon meet.
The track down to Reuben Falls
Approaching the waterfall.
Checking out the falls.


The lower section.


Isabella Creek
The end of the road.