Brief – Day 3
Day 3 – 16.3km (moderate – challenging)
Time on track – approximately 7 hours 30 minutes including stops and breaks (not including the walk to Mt Cobbler summit)
Make sure you get up in time for sunrise or you will regret it. This is not the day to sleep in. I know it is hard to get out of your warm cosy sleeping bag, but believe me, on this mountain, it is worth it.
It will be hard to stop taking photos, but at some point you will need to make breakfast and pack up camp. You will head off at 8:00am, destination Mt Cobbler.
Today is very different to the first two. The track starts downhill to Camp Creek. This is where you get on to Speculation Road, a 4WD track that will lead you all the way to Lake Cobbler. It is only very slightly undulating and fairly easy walking, but even though you are walking through beautiful forest it can feel bit monotonous as the views are limited. However, arriving at Lake Cobbler is very rewarding. It is a beautiful lake high in the mountains and a great place for lunch. Lake Cobbler Hut provides nice lunch shelter in bad weather. The present hut was built in 1986 by the Wangaratta 4WD Club, but the original hut was built in the early 1900s as part of the Lovick grazing licence. This hut was replaced by another built by Sam Christopher and Frank Gorman who had the Cobbler grazing licence from 1929 to the 1940s.
After lunch, you will cross a small creak and pick up a narrow walking track that heads up to Mt Cobbler. This section is uphill all the way with one short downhill section that leads to Dandongadale River. After crossing the river, there is a short steep scramble up the river bank on the other side, but the rest of the way is not overly challenging. Some sections can be bit overgrown and the track deteriorated, so you need to watch your step, but it’s a lovely walk through beautiful bushland and it will not take too long before you reach your next camp site.
This camp site is set in a bush clearing short walk from the summit. The surroundings are wonderful and the camp site feels nice and cosy. If time and weather permits, you will be given the opportunity to take a stroll to the summit after setting up camp.
This is a fairly long day and after dinner you will find the urge to snuggle up in the tent and go to sleep.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1690m ASL (1628m ASL if Mt Cobbler’s summit is reached)
Total ascent: approx. 440m
Total descent: approx. 710m