|2 November 2005
|Map: Bendoura 8826-4N 1:25000
The return leg of this walk is walk number 24 in Graeme Barrow's 30 Family Bushwalks in and around Canberra. This was an excellent walk in an area I'd never been in. Leeches, Lawyer vine and lyrebirds!
We set off along the fire trail which headed north, then west, but it was soon obvious that we needed to head north up to Mt Lowden. So we did a right turn and headed bush. The open forest soon became close and wet. Vines and leeches. Tree ferns. Then the gradient increased and we decided to press on through elevenses to reach a spot where we could actually stop in peace away from the waving blood-suckers. We reached the trig point (1346m) at 11.55am, having travelled just 1.5km but 350m up in the 2 hours and 10 minutes, which included a couple of de-leeching stops. We stopped for 15 minutes.
Next we headed WSW along the top of the range for 600m to the communication towers (marked Repeater Station on 1st edition maps). We stopped here to de-leech and lunch for 50 minutes. There were views to the west, but hazy towards the Brindabellas.
All that remained was to wander the 5km down the fire trail to the first car. The forest was drier on this side; a huge rock-pile hill was passed. A large lyrebird crossed the trail in front of us. We were down by 2.40pm and drivers went to pick up the cars.
Time: 9.45am - 2.40pm, with 1 hour 15 minutes of stops.
|1 Tree ferns
|2 Mt Lowden Trig
|3 Rock pile going down Lowden fire trail