Brief – Day 4
Day 4 – 19.5km (moderate – challenging)
Time on track – approximately 9 hours 30 minutes including stops and breaks
Day 4 will see you depart camp at 8:00am with another downhill to start the day. From Mt Cobbler’s camp site, you will hike along a narrow walking track. It might be overgrown in parts and you will need to watch your step because of rocks and tree roots, but it is a lovely hike through a very pretty part of Mt Cobbler. Soon enough you will pop out on a 4WD track, which will guide you all the way to King Hut. This section can get bit tiring, especially on your feet as you will be walking downhill on an uneven hard surface. While watching where you step, make sure that you take in the beauty that surrounds you and keep an eye out for wildlife. There is a good chance that you will encounter the occasional 4WD or a motorcycle, so keep to the side of the track where possible and listen for the sound of an engine.
King Hut will be our lunch stop. It will be time to get some rest and refuel before we embark on a tough afternoon. First up will be the King River crossing. No, there is no bridge. It’s shoes off and time to soak your feet. After three and half days of hiking, they will love you for it.
From here to Craig’s Hut it’s all uphill along number of 4WD tracks. The first couple of kilometres are steep, after that it eases off a little, but be prepared for a full-on uphill afternoon. Most of this section is quite, no cars or motorbikes, but it’s always important to stay alert and watch and listen to what is happening around you.
Today is a long and challenging day and arriving at Craig’s Hut is a true reward. Craig’s Hut was built especially for the film The Man from Snowy River in 1981 and named after the lead actor, Jim Craig, played by Tom Burlinson. The hut standing today is the 4th version. Version 3 burnt down by wild fire on 11 December 2006 and the hut was again rebuilt in 2007. The original hut was a set only and had no floor. It has been replaced with a more robust version as it became popular with visitors. Craig’s Hut is one of Victoria’s most iconic places to visit and it is here where you will be able to look at the chain of mountains you crossed over the last four days, from Mt Howitt, over The Crosscut, across Mt Buggary to Mt Speculation and on to Mt Cobbler. It’s an amazing view and an incredible feeling to look back over the area you have placed your feet one by one to get to this point.
After setting up camp you will have time to explore Craig’s Hut.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1478m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 860m
Total descent: approx. 775m