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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Then of course, you have to retrace your steps…
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