Mount McLeod – Day Walk, Saturday, December 5

This interesting walk started off from the Mount Buffalo Reservoir Car Park, with 11 participants taking part in this 16km medium graded adventure.

Most of the walk was on undulating terrain, with some quite steep downhill stretches on the walk into the camping area.

We had morning tea, about 20 minutes into the walk, and lunch after seven of the group climbed to Mount McLeod – with magnificent views across the Ovens Valley, and surrounding peaks.

On the return journey we took the shortcut track, which saved us quite a steep climb, instead traversing the side of the hill with the bonus of walking through lush ferny gullies and a lovely creek crossing.

Wildflowers were still in abundance, and a copperhead snake was startled from its resting place on the track – fortunately it went straight back into the bush!

The group split after lunch, due to some walkers’ pace being a little slower, and in the lead up to Christmas, some needed to return home for evening engagements.

The remainder of the group enjoyed Pat’s cuppa, most appreciated as always.

The weather was quite warm on this early summer sunny day, with the temperature estimated to have reached 25C with no breeze.

If this walk was to be repeated in warmer months, leaving Wangaratta earlier would be suggested.

[Glenda Hall]

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