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. We will head off at 8:00am, destination Mt Cobbler.
Today is very different to the first two days, it starts downhill, yippee. From Mt Speculation, we will trudge downhill along a walking track that joins on to a 4WD track, which we will follow all the way to Lake Cobbler. This 4WD track is slightly undulating and fairly easy walking. It winds through a beautiful forest, but due to limited views, can feel bit monotonous, so arriving at Lake Cobbler is quite rewarding. It’s a beautiful lake high in the mountains and a great place for lunch. Lake Cobbler Hut provides a nice 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, we will cross a small creek and follow a narrow walking track that winds uphill towards the top of Mt Cobbler. Crossing the Dandongadale River along the way will have us hopping from rock to rock and scrambling up a steep river bank on the other side. It’s all part of the fun. Some sections of this track can be deteriorated and bit overgrown, so you need to watch your step, but it’s a lovely walk through beautiful bushland.
Tonight’s camp site is set in a bush clearing short walk from the summit. The surroundings are wonderful and the camp site is nice and cosy. After setting up camp, if time and weather permit, we will head up to the summit to soak up more breathtaking views.
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