My other half never comes on any walks with me because “they’re all long, uphill and steep.” I’m starting to think he might be right…
I’m pretty sure I had some pleasant routes in mind, but as usual, picked the steepest option, which was Mt Donna Buang. You can walk straight up through the forest from Warburton, starting at Martyr Road. You don’t need a map. There’s a sign at the start of the trail that says 12km return, 7 hours.
I don’t know if the trail is always like this, but it was very muddy and slippery. It was pretty slow going at the start. There are quite a few fallen down trees and although it’s a well formed track, it seems a little overgrown at times. I heard many lyrebirds, but only saw one. I’m surprised there were no leeches, but maybe it was too cold for them.
It was quite cool and I knew that soon I’d be in the clouds.
After the first few kilometres it actually gets easier. There are even some flat and downhill bits after the radio tower near Mt Victoria!
I really liked this bit, as it starts to have a bit more of an alpine feel with that short green grass and less dense trees. And it’s always very pretty being in the clouds.
It was definitely getting colder.
I realised I should have put more effort into my attire. My shorts/tshirt/arm warmers combo was not quite warm enough, and I should have been bothered to find my gloves.
At the top there’s a lookout tower. On a clear day I imagine the views would be fantastic.
I’m not a fan of out and back routes, but that was all this was. I could have added a little loop at the top to Mt Boobyalla, but I didn’t feel like it. So since it was freezing cold, there was no stopping, just time to head back down.
I felt very slow going down, especially the last slippery bit. I wasn’t wearing my most grippy shoes, but these still have a good amount of grip for most jobs. The lugs just collected the mud so I was basically walking around with heavy shoes with a nice smooth mud sole. I felt like I was trying to walk down a slide while wearing socks. Yeah, I slipped over quite a few times.
My watch said this route was a bit over 15 km return, it and took me 4 hours 40 mins. Elevation was around 1074 m, and with the undulating bit up the top, total elevation gain was 1426 m 🙂