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Adamsons Peak

A long climb, known by some as "Mt Big". Bit easier than Mt Anne though, and no rock scrambling. Great views of the southern ranges.

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Features

Mountains, glacial features, alpine moor, myrtle forest, views of the southern ranges.

Difficulty

Hard

Distance

Altitude

Climb/Fall

Time

Gear Code

15km

130m-1225m

1100m/1100m

6 1/2 - 8 hours

C

Access from

Dover

Distance from
Dover/Hobart/Huonville

14/94/57km

Road Directions

(Some changes to road arrangements may have occurred for this walk.) Travel through Dover. About 4km south of Dover, immediately before the Esperance River bridge, turn right onto Esperance River Road. After a while this road crosses the Esperance River, and then an intersection with Peak Rivulet Rd is reached after another couple of km Turn left and follow this to where signs show the start of the track, and a small parking area is provided for vehicles. This is signed as Stop 4 on the forest drive. Best to return the same way.

Road Types

Sealed to turnoff into Esperance River Road, then good quality dirt roads. Care required as forestry operations may be in progress.

Description

From the track start there is a 5 minute nature/history walk with formed boardwalks at the start. At the end of these, a sign warns of exposed areas on the walk, and then the track proper starts.

The track climbs slightly as it follows the remains of one of the tramways used for removing trees previously and then climbs steeply to Manuka Flat. This takes 30-40 minutes. Some trees are down across the track and have to be clambered over. There are a couple of very steep sections and mud makes it a bit slippery in wet conditions. From Manuka Flat the track firstly sidles left slightly and climbs gently around the slope of the hill, then climbs steeply and directly up the hill. There is now a long solid climb to the plateau.

At the top, the track suddenly turns right along the hill, and a small trickle of water provides a welcome drink at a point with a good view back across the walk route. The track then switches back to the left and climbs onto the plateau to the "hut". The hut is in an advanced state of disrepair, and the only useful features here are the huge wall which provides some shelter from the wind, and the remains of the chimney, which helps support a sheet of tin that might provide shelter from the rain.

The track then heads off across the moor, past a cairn, and becomes muddy in places. From here the aim is the northern moraine wall above the boggy area which forms the source of Creekton Rivulet. The track climbs steadily to the base of this moraine across some boggy areas, then up onto it and follows the crest onto the main summit ridge. It climbs steeply up the ridge, sidling around the left a little before crossing back to the right just below a rocky knob. The track drops slightly, then climbs again on large boulders marked with cairns. Finally you emerge at a rounded summit, marked by a large cairn made of ice-shattered dolerite shards.

Safety

As for the whole of South-West Tasmania, Adamson's Peak is subject to sudden changes of weather - even in summer a sunny day can change to fog, rain, icy wind and even snow. In winter, if the peak is shrouded in cloud, it would be best not to attempt the climb beyond the edge of the plateau. Walkers must always carry warm and waterproof clothing.

The walk crosses a high plateau and exposed ridge, and the peak is 3km from the relative shelter of the forest below the plateau. The weather can easily change in the time it takes a party to return from the peak. Parties have been rescued from near this walk. In winter the higher parts of the park may be covered in snow. Care is required in maintaining warmth, route-finding and retaining footing at these times. Snow can persist until late spring on certain slopes shaded from the sun.

Maps

1:25,000 Raminea (4820) sheet. 1:100,000 Huon (8211) sheet

Facilities

Forest walk at start of walk. Logbook at walk start.

Nearby items of interest

Adamsons Falls, Duckhole Lake, Creekton Falls, Hastings Caves, etc etc

History

None available.

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