Bush Walking/ Hiking – St Crispins Well

After doing a bit of climbing in recent weeks, my poor knees needed a rest this weekend. I figured I could trudge somewhere that’s a little flatter than what I have been doing.

My choices were the ever-reliable Risdon Brook Dam, or the Pipeline Track. I’d not been up the Pipeline Track for a while, so it won!

I’ve written about the track itself several times on here, so I won’t bore you with too many details (or repeat too many photo’s).

I started at Neika, which is about 10km south of Hobart along Huon Road. It’s not too far from the Cathedral Rock walk I did a few weeks ago.

You can park at the huge water tank at the Morphet’s Road intersection & then simply follow the track. Make sure you bring your ipod with you, otherwise you’ll have to go back to your car and get it (like, um… me for example…). If you don’t have an ipod, take someone to talk to.

Parking Spot with water tank

Parking Spot with water tank

You can (almost) see the communications towers of Mt Wellington in the middle top of this picture to the left of the telegraph pole.

 

Parking spot in colour with ute.

Parking spot in colour with ute.

I’m not too sure what I did to my phone to make that picture appear in sepia, but here is a colour photo showing a slightly different view. Again, my ute probably won’t be in the way when you visit.

 

Track

Track

The track is quite popular with runners & mountain bikers, so keep your eyes peeled.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the track is impossible to get lost on. The Pipeline Track is a nice, easy trudge… a barely noticeable incline on the way out, and the opposite coming back! The walk I did (my Endomondo workout is here) followed the whole length of this particular stage, about 17 & a half km, all up. I’ll not mention the previous half-kilometre I did when I started and then came back for my ipod.

St Crispins Well is about 5km in and is a 5-10 minute side trek off the main track. The diversion is clearly marked, and sits opposite a hut that’s there for shelter from the ever-changing weather conditions.

Shelter & side trudge to St Crispin's Well

Shelter & side trudge to St Crispins Well

As the Rolling Stones would say, Gimme Shelter...

As the Rolling Stones would say, Gimme Shelter…

Walk this way...

Walk this way…

St Crispin's Well Track

St Crispins Well Track

Track

Track

 

I wonder if there’s a St. Hubbins Well…?

 

The Well

The Well

Viewing platform

Viewing platform

The Well again

The Well again

According to the Wellington Park info, the Pipeline that the track is named after was extended to St Crispin’s Well in 1875. Here is a link to some historical notes on the Wellington Park & surrounds.

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

Funnily enough, Cathedral Rock was a lot more visible today than it was a few weeks ago!

 

You shall not pass...

You shall not pass…

The end of the track is a gate, where there is a bit of a landslip. If you go past the gate, you may fall to your doom. Or you can surf the landslide like the fellow in the sign.

 

Thanks for reading!
Pete

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Bush Walking/ Hiking – Collins Cap

I did a trudge through the bush (a ‘Bush Trudge’) up to Collins Cap and back.

Here is a link to my Endomondo workout.

Collins Cap is about 10km from Hobart as the crow flies. I will point out that I didn’t see a single crow on the entire trek.

If you’re in Hobart, head north-west on the Brooker Highway and take the exit at Berriedale. Follow Berriedale Road towards Collinsvale (Berriedale Road becomes Collinsvale Road). Once in Collinsvale continue past the general store and across a one lane bridge and then left onto Springdale Road. Just under 2km up this road you turn left again onto Myrtle Forest Road (unsealed). Drive up this road until you get to the car park. The signs make it easy to find.

Ute, start

Ute, start

Follow the road from the parking area (again, my ute generally won’t be there). I should mention for readers not born in Australia that a ‘ute’ is probably called a ‘pickup truck’ where you’re from.

Start Here

Start Here

According to my GPS, the walk is just under 7km. It took me just over two & a half hours on a bright sunny day. The trail is steep right from the start, and gets steeper as you get higher.

The trail is easily followed and signs placed throughout show you where to go.

Here are a load of trail pictures.

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Sign

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Another sign

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Waterfall

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Trail

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Creek

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Obstacle

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Sign

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Tree

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Trail

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Trail

 

From the picnic ground, you go across a bridge and then criss-cross Myrtle Forest Creek a couple of times as you get higher. Myrtle Forest Falls are a nice sight.

After the falls, you climb and the surrounds go from rain forest to sub-alpine and through a regrowth area that’s finally recovering from bushfires a couple of years ago. You cross a couple of four-wheel drive fire trails until you get to the ‘Collins Cap’ part of the trail.

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Regrowth

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Sign

 

Let me tell you the person who wrote this sign had absolutely no sense of humour. They were spot on – it was hard work. This higher section is quite overgrown and hard work to get though. But the views from the top make it all worth it!

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Honest Sign

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Honest sign from afar

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Trail – hard work

 

At the summit of Collins Cap (1098m) you get awesome views all around. See the pictures… In them (and I won’t go into detail) you can see the Derwent Valley to the north west, Wellington Plateau to the south and east, Hobart further east and Claremont Golf Course is visible to the north-east.

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View backward – near the top

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Trail

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The end is nigh – or near…?

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Collins Cap – more like a huge rock pile, but hey…

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Almost there…

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View south and west

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View west

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View north and west

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View south

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View south and east

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View north and east

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View east

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Different view east

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View down

Then of course, you have to retrace your steps…

 

Thanks for reading

 

Pete

Bush Walking/ Hiking – Cathedral Rock

Today I went for a wander up Cathedral Rock.

Here is a picture I took a while back of what it looks like from afar.

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock Track is about a half hour drive from Hobart. To get there, leave Hobart via the Southern Outlet. Follow the Huon Highway. Turn right towards Longley at the Sandfly turn off. Turn right at Longley toward The Longley International Hotel. Drive back toward Mt Wellington along Huon Road. On the right you go past Webster’s Road and Leslie Road on the right. Just after Leslie Road, the turn off to Betts Road is on the left. Follow Betts Road for about 1km, go across two small bridges. The parking area is just after the second bridge.

Walk this way

Walk this way

Walk up the hill behind my ute (the ute generally won’t be there) onto the private road. The road climbs very gently for about 500m before the Cathedral Rock Track descends to the right.

The Private Road

The Private Road

 

Track goes down here

Track goes down here

The track will bring you to the Northwest Bay River. The track follows the river for some way going roughly west.

Northwest Bay River

Northwest Bay River

 

Track marker

Track marker

When you get to the track marker, follow the trail up to the left. If you’ve come this far and are thinking how hard the trail is, give up. Go back to your car. You will never get to the top.

Track marker

Track marker

 

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Track

 

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Track

The track climbs away from the river for some distance, heading roughly south west. Follow the trail along the contours of the hill before you ascend in a very steep zig-zag manner. This is quite hard work.

Lightning Sand in the Fire Swamp

Lightning Sand in the Fire Swamp

 

At the top the trail flattens out a little before you find the turn off to Cathedral Rock. This is even harder work.

Turn off here

Turn off here

This spider didn’t seem to give a rat’s arse how hard the climb is.

Spiders, but no rat's arses

Spiders, but no rat’s arses

 

The path up

The path up

If you get to the top, you’ll climb the rock from the back. On a clear day you will have great views. I didn’t have a clear day…

The top looking down

The top looking down

Keep in mind this picture is not rotated, this is the view downwards.

The Top

The Top

Be careful, don’t fall off. Now turn around and go back to your car…

 

My GPS tells me the walk was about 11km. Cathedral Rock is a hard trek.

 

I had some issues with my phone, so the Endomondo workouts are split in to two.

https://www.endomondo.com/users/8342602/workouts/629040828

https://www.endomondo.com/users/8342602/workouts/629040821

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Pete