Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Mt. Edwards

Date: 24 October 2010

Walkers: Maree, Myself

 Photo Album

Walk Description:
Mt. Edwards is located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park near Aratula. We arrived at the picnic area at the base of the mountain next to the Moogerah Damn at around 8:45 in the morning. Temperatures have been reasonably high over the last few days so we wanted to get going reasonably early. The track starts on the other side of the damn wall which is open to the public to walk across during the day.

The track starts up hill immediatly and heads up along the Reynolds Creek Gorge which runs between Mt. Edwards and Little Mt. Edwards. After walking for roughly 30 minutes we reached the Reynolds outlook, located on a rocky outcrop and provides views across to Little Mt. Edwards and up and down the gorge.

After leaving the outlook the track becomes less formed and significantly steeper with plenty of large rocky steps cut out of the track by erosion. Once reaching the southern ridge the track follows this to the top. The foliage was unusual with the occasional hoop pine amongst the eucalypts. There were plenty of grass trees along the higher ridges.

We reached the peak roughly 2 hours after leaving the car. This allowed for plenty of rest breaks along the way. There are plenty of unobstructed views to the North from the peak across to Mt. French. A small track leads around to the West to provide some views to the South towards the range. The descent took about 1 hour with minimal stoppages. Overall, a very enjoyable and reasonably challenging walk.

Example of the track past the lookout
Moogerah Dam