Route: Cathedral Peaks (VIC, Australia)

Submitted by xThomasx on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 09:21pm
Location
Victoria, AU
Distance
20.9 km
Vertical Gain
1097 m
Description

Linking of all the major peaks in the Cathedral Ranges. 

Based on the Ridgeline circuit adding in extra peaks.

Leaving from the Cook Mills car park / camp ground heading up through Wells Cave , Sugarloaf Peak, South Jawbone, North Jawbone, Cathedral Peak, Little Cathedral, Neds Gully and returning to Cook Mills Campground. 

Following information was taken from https://www.trailhiking.com.au/cathedral-range-ridgeline-circuit/

Commencing at Cooks Mill make your way in a southerly direction along the well formed Tweed Spur Road. After about a kilometre of easy walking you will reach the recently opened (2012) Messmate Track to your right.

The Messmate Track winds it way across several wooded gullies connecting the Sugarloaf Saddle visitor area with Cooks Mill Heritage Site and camping area. It is quite a pleasant section of the hike and along its 3km length you will experience a gradual ascent until you reach Sugarloaf Saddle.

From the car park heading to Sugarloaf Peak.  Take Wells Cave track. Route are recommended for experienced hikers/scramblers only as they are steep in places, requires a lot of rock scrambling and unassisted climbing and traverses some exposed ledges en-route. While this track can be challenging in places you will be rewarded with a real sense of adventure and in my opinion is well worth the effort provided you have a head for heights.

From Sugarloaf Peak, the trail continues north across the buttresses, gradually ascending along the rocky and narrow 'Razorback'. There is a lot of rock hoping, scrambling and abrupt drops along the way. The going is fairly straight forward and the trail easy to follow (just stick to the ridge). After approximately 2.5km the trail becomes easier and the rocky ridge is replaced by open woodland. Soon after this a junction is reached as you arrive at the open grassy flat called The Farmyard. 

From the Farmyard there is 15 minute side trail which takes you to South Jawbone Peak and another opportunity to take in the rewarding views.

Follow the trail a short distance east until you reach Jawbone Creek track on your left. This track will take you past the North Jawbone Peak trail and follows the ridge line all the way to The Cathedral Summit. Continue to follow the ridge line onto Cathedral North then Little Cathedral which marks the end of the range.

From the summit of Cathedral Range retrace your steps until you reach a sign post identifying the Little Cathedral Track. Follow this track down into Neds Gully and towards the Neds Gully camping area. Before reaching the camping area you will find Little River track on your right. From this point is is approximately one hours walk through forest back to Cooks Mill and the start of your hike.

GPS Track

Comments

A new looped route in the Cathedral Ranges North West of Melbourne, Victoria.