Brief – 1 Day
5.8km (challenging – hard)
Time on track – approximately 5 hours including stops and breaks
Depart Merrijig at 8:15am from our meeting point in Merrijig Motor Inn car park (be at departure point 15 minutes prior).
Travel approximately 20 minutes to starting point on Doughtys Road. Part of the drive is on an unsealed road.
Run through a briefing session.
Get ready and start walking by 9:30am.
Starting at around 1050 meters above sea level, this walk starts with approximately 45 minutes of steep climbing through dense bush and tall trees before it levels out once the ridge has been reached. This is where the bush thins out a little, but the tall trees remain. Continuing along the ridge, the track is undulating and even though the ascents are longer than the descents, it is a pleasant walk as you are heading towards the end of the tree line where the views start opening up.
The next section offers a variety of terrain with some easy sections on a narrow track, some steep climbs and some rock scrambles and it is along this section that you will be stopping every few steps to take in the views in all directions. Up ahead sprawls the massif of the West Ridge, the South offers stunning views across the peaks of the Victorian High Country, to the North is the view of the Delatite River valley with its surrounding hills and through which Mt Buller Road winds its way up towards the ski village, and behind you, the West offers a view of Mt Timbertop. It is along this section that we will find a place to settle down and enjoy lunch while taking in the beauty that surrounds us.
After a nice rest, we will embark on the last section of this magnificent walk. This part feels even more remote and peaceful and is truly challenging, it is steep with some rocky parts to scramble along and a narrow ridge to cross, but with the summit in sight you know that you are not far from reaching the highest point on this walk at 1805 meters above sea level.
The feeling when you reach the fire tower on the summit is wonderful. You can look back along the ridge you just walked and be amazed at your achievement. We will spend few minutes here relaxing and enjoying the view.
From the summit it is just a short walk down hill to the car park where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Merrijig.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1805m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 865m
Total descent: approx. 195m