5.8km (challenging – hard)
Time on track – approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes including breaks (plus sunset time)
Meet at the Merrijig Motor Inn car park at time to be confirmed closer to the date of the tour. The start time will depend on time of sunset.
After a short briefing session, you will be transported to the start of the track. The drive takes approximately 20 minutes. Part of it is on an unsealed road.
Set off on an amazing high country adventure starting with a steep climb through a forest of tall trees and dense bush. The gradient eases off once you reach the top of the first hill. It’s a pleasant hike along the ridge as you head towards the end of the tree line where the views start to open up.
From here you will enjoy a mix of easy sections, some steep climbs and some rock scrambles. Regular stops will provide you with the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views. 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 where Mt Buller Road winds its way up towards the ski village, and behind you, the West offers a view of Mt Timbertop. The last section of this magnificent hike is exciting, fun and truly challenging with steep ascents and descents over rocky sections and crossing a narrow ridge. With the summit in sight, you will not be far from reaching the highest point on this hike and your final destination at 1805 meters above sea level.
Reaching the fire tower on the summit is a wonderful feeling, a feeling of accomplishment. From here, you can look back along the ridge you just hiked and be amazed at your achievement. Settle down, relax and enjoy a light dinner while you watch the colours change as the sun goes down putting an end to yet another amazing day in the High Country. A short hike downhill to the summit car park to catch your transfers back to Merrijig is the last bit you need to walk. The drive back to Merrijig takes approximately 40 minutes.
Elevation at highest point: approx. 1805m ASL
Total ascent: approx. 865m
Total descent: approx. 195m