Yesterday I trudged to Collins Bonnet.
Why did I do that? Good question.
Possibly more important questions though; who is Collins and why does he have a Bonnet?
Short answer: Buggered if I know.
But anyway, that’s where I went.
I revisited Hartz Peak on Sunday, and sadly the weather was the same as last time; sleet, howling wind and about 2 degrees. I was lucky today. The weather was cool and clear, and the views were uninterrupted in every direction.
Collins Bonnet and the nearby Trestle Mountain form a feature called ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
I bet you’re wondering how you get there.
There are a number of ways, actually. You can go the same way I went to Collins Cap back in November. Or you can do the walk from Mountain River, to the south.
Today I went from the Mount Wellington side. To get there from Hobart, head up Davey Street. Keep in the right hand lane, and continue upwards along Huon Road to Fern Tree. Make the sharp right hand turn to Pinnacle Road and drive another 10 or so kilometres until you get to a spot called ‘The Big Bend’. I know, it sounds like it’s got something to do with plumbing.
There are a couple of car parks nearby. The only time you may not be able to get a car park is if it’s been snowing. Then, half of Hobart will be on the mountain. My ute probably won’t be there when you go. If it is, then please find me and say hello.
For ease of reference, here’s where you go:
Follow the Big Bend Fire Trail for just under 2km. It’s not exactly a red carpet through the bush, so be prepared for a slow trip. I found it challenging to keep my footing a few times on the loose rocks.
Very soon, you will see this sign.
You now have a choice; to follow the route across Mount Connection, or keep following the fire trail. I went across Mount Connection. So basically you climb two mountains today. Fun, yeah? The fire trail route is a lot further.
Mount Connection is about three and a half kilometres of trudging. The trail is fairly rugged and slow going. The best bit is an outcrop called ‘The Pulpit’, which is on the western side. You get a very good view from the top.
Eventually you descend from Mount Connection and re-join the fire trail. Now you trudge up the hill toward the summit of Collins Bonnet. The fire trail ascends for about a kilometre before you arrive at the branch of the trail that will take you to the summit.
This next section is even more rugged than before. Lots of clambering over boulders to make your way to the top.
Once at the top, the views are fantastic. Apologies these pictures are not in any sort of order…
Now turn around and walk back. I retraced my steps. I figured at least the rocks on the Mount Connection trail were embedded in the earth, which was better than the loose rocks of the fire trail.
Oh, when you do rejoin the fire trail and make that last ascent back to the Big Bend, it is quite challenging after a long hike. Maybe I was just tired? Three walks in seven days…
The walk was 14.23km and took me a touch over five hours to complete. Here is a link to my Endomondo workout.
Thanks for reading!