7 February 2012 Tabletop Mountain near Kiandra

Views from Tabletop Mountain to Lake Eucumbene

Maps: Cabrumurra and Denison 1:25000

Getting There

This walk was organised and led by Max S as a BBC Tuesday walk:

Tuesday 7 February - Tabletop Mountain near Kiandra. The intended walk next Tuesday is to Tabletop near Kiandra. About 27 km and about 400 m + up and down but all on track except the final climb. Forecast - Partly cloudy. The chance of showers in the north. Light winds. Meet at Kambah shops at 6.30 am – probably 7-8 hrs walking so expect late back. Please let me know interest in case of change of plans by return email Max.

6 of us met and travelled in 2 cars via the Boboyan Rd etc to Adaminaby and on to Kiandra.


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The Boboyan Road to the ACT border is not in that good nick at the moment. We stopped at the Hospital Hill lookout to have a look at the view. Left Kambah at 6.30am and arrived Kiandra around 8.30am.

A tiny bit more of the AAWT for me. I hadn't covered from Kiandra to the S junction of the Mt Selwyn ski trail before, as on 2 Mar 10 we'd come in from Mt Selwyn. The track's a bit stony (well, it felt that way with my last Saturday's feet) and uninteresting at first, but soon opens up into pleasant subalpine meadows and recovering Snow Gums. From the N junction of the Mt Selwyn cross country ski trail to the S junction, we followed the snow-poled route going in and the sometimes parallel, sometimes crossing management trail going out. Passed the turn off to Four Mile Hut (not signposted - some bits of tin up on a tree and fence posts on the W side at the junction) and left it for the outward leg. Morning tea in the shade on the side of the track just after crossing the S arm of Four Mile Creek (which was running) at 8.3km in 1hr 45mins.

Next item of interest was the Nine Mile Diggings. From the track, you can see down into a gully which has been sluiced out. There is a dam just by the track above the gully which would have held water for the gold recovery operations. Nice views to Mt Jagungal in the distance.

So on through the track junction with the Four Mile Hill fire trail, with our destination coming closer. We left the Tabletop Mountain fire trail/AAWT at GR 35484-18317 (MGA94) on the Denison 1:25000 map and wandered up a lovely grassy and rocky approach to the top. Came up to a cairn (and a nearby orange pipe) marking the top of the NW spur, then over a couple of hundred metres to the trig point. 14km in 3hrs 25mins.

A very nice open top, with views all round. I'm not as familiar as Max with this area, but we could spot bits of Eucumbene Dam to the SE, Round Mountain to the SW and Mt Jagungal crouching to the SSW. Lunch.

On the return leg we popped down to Four Mile Hut. A wonderful structure, some of the outside walls clad in flattened tins, with each securing nail having a leather washer.

My toe was a bit sore by the time we got back to the cars. An eagle on the Boboyan Road cleaning up a bit of fox road kill - it flapped away as we drove past. A first sighting of this majestic bird for Avi.

Thanks Max, a new destination. Great company from Avi A, Mark B and Eric G.

Distance: 29.8km Climb: 650m. Time: 8.45am - 4.25pm (7hrs 40mins), with 1hr of breaks.
Grading: L/E-M; H(12)

KMZ file for Google Earth/Maps: Tabletop Mountain near Kiandra

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