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Mt Montagu

 

This was another walk organised by the PWC, and a chance to catch up with friends.

We had a couple of options when it came to how we would tackle this one.  Option one was an up and back starting with Cathedral Rock, then onto Montagu Thumbs and finishing with Mt Montagu. Option two-the more exciting option-was a circuit where would head up to Mt Montagu as per option one, but then head down towards Wellington Falls and cross the North West Bay River twice before heading back to the cars.

We arrived at the Betts Road carpark shortly after 8 and the group (9 in total) set off. Having had walked parts of these tracks on my own, I knew what was ahead and prepared myself for the annoying zig-zag track that leads to the start of the Cathedral Rock climb.

By the time we reached the top of the zigzag track, the previous nights’ snow was becoming more apparent, and from here on in we practically didn’t see the sun for the rest of the day.  We had a quick snack on top of Cathedral but decided to move on, as we were expecting a decent days walk ahead of us.  On the way to Montagu Thumbs the snow started to fall, transforming the whole place into a scene out of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  I wasn’t familiar with this section of the track and we passed a number of false summits on the way to Montagu Thumbs;  however I’m sure on a clear day you wouldn’t have this problem.  We stopped for some lunch on the fairly unimpressive highpoint of Montagu Thumbs, and decided that we would take option two and continue on to Wellington Falls.  Shortly after, we reached the old Montagu fire-trail and made a quick detour up to the summit on Mt Montagu. The cloud was too thick to see any nearby peaks but the climb up was still an enjoyable scramble.

We made our way down toward Wellington Falls, where we would have to cross the North West Bay River for the first time.  Luckily there wasn’t too much water coming down and we found a pretty good spot to jump across.  After a quick stop for a snack at the Wellington Falls lookout, we continued down towards the Siphon Track which would take us straight down to the North West Bay River.  Anyone who has walked down the Siphon Track knows how steep and slippery it can be, and this day was no exception. Having walked it only a couple of weeks earlier I had said to myself that I would not do it again in a hurry.  Unfortunately I was not interested in taking the long way round and followed everyone else to the bottom. No serious injuries to be reported, but plenty of near misses, skids and uncontrolled falling.

We then crossed over the North West Bay River for a second time and followed the Cathedral Rock Track back to the cars.  Unfortunately the batteries in my GPS died just after crossing the river so I don’t have the exact distance and time taken but it should be pretty close.

All up: ~16kms in a bit over 9 hours with plenty of stops and 1176m ascent.

 

Getting there: There are many ways to walk to Mt Montagu but we started from Betts Road.  To get here drive along Huon Road until you reach the junction with Leslie Road.  If you are coming from Longley, Betts Road will be immediately on the left after you pass the Leslie Road Turn off.Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 9.26.58 pm.png

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Snow at the top of the Zig Zag track
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Climbing up to Cathedral
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On top of Cathedral
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Simon in the snow
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Misty mountain top
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Setting off towards Montagu Thumbs
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Steep ridge line
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AB
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Group meeting
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Pushing through
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Mt Montagu trig
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Camobark
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Approaching Wellington Falls
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North WestBay River
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Simon flying over the river
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Top of Wellington Falls
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Wellington Falls
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Heading down the siphon track
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North West Bay River crossing
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AB about to cross

 

Collins Bonnet (Sleeping Beauty) and Trestle Mountain

Collins Bonnet; 1261m; Abel# 78

Trestle Mountain; 1164m; Abel #117

With nothing better to do on a Sunday in January we decided to walk up Collins Bonnet (also known as the Sleeping Beauty) and the adjacent Trestle Mountain.  There are a number of ways you can take to reach the start of the track up to Collins Bonnet. We chose the Mountain River side as it the longest and has the greatest gain in elevation.  This is an old fire trail that hasn’t been used for some time and makes it was up towards the East West Trail in Wellington Park.  There are a few large trees blocking some sections of the track but overall it is in good condition and very easy to follow.  There are a couple of smaller creeks that had plenty of fresh running water, even in the middle of January.  After a consistent climb the candle heath begin to appear and the view opens up to reveal Trestle Mountain on your left and Collins Bonnet on your right.  The track then climbs for a little bit longer before you reach the East West trail.

We chose to summit Trestle Mountain first so we turned left and followed the road until we reach the sign indicating the start of the track.  The climb was fairly straight forward with a couple of sections involving a bit of rock scrambling.  After a bite of lunch we went back down to the East West trail and headed in the direction of Collins Bonnet.  A short time later the road forks with one road leading up towards Collins Bonnet and the other road (Collins Cap Trail) heading down towards Collins Cap and the Suhrs Road carpark in Collinsvale.  Continue walking up past a hut and you will find the start of the Collins Bonnet track marked by cairns on your right.  The climb up is pretty easy and from memory has only one sections that requires some rock scrambling.  The view of the Huon Valley from the top is definitely worth the effort.  Although not a very challenging walk I did enjoy the scenery and the abundance of flowering natives.  We were lucky enough to also see a couple of Wedge Tails and some Black Cockatoos up close.

Unfortunately I did not have my GPS on me but I think it took ~7 hours with plenty of stops for photos.  All up around 18kms with a 1300m ascent according to the Walk the Huon Page.

Getting there: As I mentioned there are a number of ways to reach the start of the Collins Bonnet and Trestle Mountain walks.  The walk from Mountain River is probably the most challenging however I have not walked from the other locations.

From Mounatin River: Turn right onto Mountain River Road at the Grove shop on the Huon Highway.  Follow this road all the way to the end where you will see a boom gate and an adjacent private driveway indicating the start of the track.

From Collinsvale:  Drive up Collins Cap Road until you reach Suhrs Road and follow to the carpark.  Walk up along the Collins Cap Trail until you reach a T intersection and the East West trail.  Turn left to head in the Collins Bonnet direction or right to head towards Trestle Mountain.  Access to the East West trail can also be reached from the Myrtle Forest carpark in Collinsvale.

From Mt Wellington:  Drive up Pinnacle Road until you reach the Big Bend and the start of the Big Bend Trail.  Continue on this trail past Mt Connection until you reach the East West trail and follow towards Collins Bonnet.

You can also access the start of these walks in a 4×4 by obtaining a gate key and permit from Parks and Wildlife.

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Collins Bonnet from the road on the way in.
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An old bride on the fire trail from Mountain River
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Candle heath appear next to the trail as we climb higher.
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There are a few large trees blocking some sections of the track.
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The last section of the Mountain River trail is quite rocky.

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Trestle Mountain from the Mountain River trail
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Trestle Mountain from the East West Trail
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Rock hopping on the way up to Trestle Mountain
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Interesting rock feature of the summit of Trestle Mountain
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Looking West from Trestle Mountain
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Looking towards Collins Bonnet from Trestle Mountain.  The East West trail can be seen on the left.
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A clear tarn just off the East West trail.
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Alpine plants just before the start of the Collins Bonnet track.
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Rock scramble on the way up Collins Bonnet with posts to guide the way.
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Looking down at the Huon Valley from Collins Bonnet
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Trestle Mountain from Collins Bonnet
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Trig on Collins Bonnet
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Rocky scree on the western side of Collins Bonnet
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Flowering Tea Tree
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Just missed the candle heath flowers
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Emily clearing the track.
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Black Cockatoo through the canopy.
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Collins Bonnet from the start of the Mountain River track.