Mt Emu Discovery walk 17.12.2017

Trappers Gap to Mt Emu to Coral Bank, Kiewa Valley

Walk on 16.12 2017

1. Seven walkers participated. This was a discovery walk as the leader had only evaluated and walked this area several years ago.

2. Left Wangaratta at 7.00am. Met up with cars at 8.15am at the corner of Kiewa Valley Highway and Redbank-Mongans Bridge Rd. Drove 6.2km along this road and especially Reeds Lane. We dropped off a car at the end of the walk in Reeds lane… Then drove to Tawonga and then along the Mountain Creek rd. to the Mountain Creek Car park. Finally, we drove the last 6 km to Trappers Gap, the start of the walk. Left the cars here.

3. Commenced at an altitude of 1000m. and walked along the Mt Emu 4WD track called the Eskdale track at 8.45am

4. At 10.00am had morning tea at the Snowy Hydro Power poles. To the south there are excellent views of the Mt Bogong monolith.

5. Soon after this the track began to climb more steeply until Mt Emu was reached at an altitude of 1380m. From this vantage point the trees have been cleared so that there are 270 degree views of the Kiewa Valley and Mt Beauty and Tawonga in particular, Mt Buffalo plateau, Mt Buller, Mt Fainter, Lake Mokoan and Mt Feathertop. This vantage point has some of the most panoramic views in Victoria.

6. At 12.15pm. We continued on the Eskdale track. There were some steep climbs and descents on this 4WD track. After 5.1 km we reached the junction of the Eskdale track and the Redbank track. This Redbank track is an extension of Reeds lane. The junction is boldly marked with a 2m. high signs with vertical writing and an arrow off to the North West showing the Redbank track. We then descended steeply from 1000m. altitude to 500m. along a very defined 4WD track.

7. At 3.10pm we reached the car at an altitude of 500m.

8. Drove back 30km to the cars at the start of the walk and this process took almost 30 mins (or 60 mins for both ways).

9. We were back in Wangaratta by 5.30pm

10. The whole walk was done very slowly as the weather was very hot. It is a hard grade walk of 16.6km which took 10 hours 30 minutes from start to finish in Wangaratta. The actual 17 km. walk at a quite slow pace on a hot day took 6 hours 25 mins.

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