|23 November 2005
|Shanahans Mountain - Shanahans Falls Creek - Naas Creek - Mt Clear Campground
|Map: Colinton 8726-3N 1:25000
We were all reassembled and walking by 9.55am, quickly dispatching the walk up 100m to Shanahans Mountain. We didn't even stop there. It hardly deserves to be called a mountain, from the western side at least. The day was cool and overcast - perfect for walking.
Then a plunge down the vegetated, loose scree slope on the eastern side to the green of Shanahans Falls Creek. We reached the flat at 11.15am and enjoyed morning tea for 15 minutes.
We followed the creek down for a further 1.8km and 50 minutes until we reached the junction with the Naas Creek. Shanahans Falls Creek grew from a soak to a series of pools, but no falls were observed.
At midday we turned right/south/upstream into Naas Creek and enjoyed some excellent rock hopping up the creek. My first experience of this sort of walking. 800m and 40 minutes later we reached a nice pool which our trusty leader had been aiming for. Lunch was enjoyed for 30 minutes, our party spread out like lounging lizards.
With time slipping away and the walk a medium Wednesday one, we headed 700m out to the Naas Valley Fire Trail/Bicentenial National Trail.
All that remained was a pleasant stroll of 7km back down the track to the cars. We reached them at 3pm.
A very pleasant walk in an area I'd wanted to go to.
Distance: 12.9km Climb: 300m (and 400m descent). Time: 9.55am - 3.00pm (call it 5 hours) with 45 minutes of breaks.
|1 Shanahans Falls Creek
|2 Rock hopping up Naas Creek
|3 Wild flowers