Brief – Day 1
The day prior to the start of the tour – briefing session at 6:00pm at Merrijig High Country Hotel.
Day 1 – approximately 11.5km (moderate – challenging)
Time on track – approximately 6 hours including breaks
Meet at the Merrijig High Country Hotel car park at 8:00am for an 8:15am departure.
Travel approximately 20 minutes to the start of the track. Part of the drive is on an unsealed road.
Start the day along a well defined track, heading uphill through a beautiful Alpine Ash forest with tall trees towering above you and wildflowers covering the ground during spring and summer. At about 1400m above sea level, the Alpine Ash will give way to sub-alpine woodland of mostly Snow Gums, who’s beautiful deep colours are especially prominent during wet weather.
Up above the tree line, a lunch break at the summit of Mt Stirling is an opportunity to enjoy uninterrupted 360 degree views. With Mt Buller to one side, Mt Buffalo to the other and many more mountains and valleys in between it sure is a hard place to leave.
The afternoon is very different to what you have experienced in the morning. Instead of the wide cross country ski trails you will hike along narrow walking tracks that wind up and down mountains all the way to Craig’s Hut, your final destination for the day. The scenery and the vegetation are different too.
Upon arrival at Craig’s Hut, you will set up camp and have free time to explore the hut and its surrounds before cooking dinner to enjoy a tasty meal while hopefully watching one of high country’s spectacular sunsets.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1750m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 590m
Total descent: approx. 170m