Route: Frenchmans Cap

Tasmania, AU
43.3 km
Vertical Gain
2,500 m

Frenchmans Cap (1443m) is the most prominent peak in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The 350 meter SE Face is the sheerest vertical drop in all of Australia and attracts hearty rock climbers every year. For those looking for a less technical route to the top, there is a 27k one way track which leads to a cirque below the summit and a well cairned route leading the rest of the way to the top. There are two unattended huts along the track. The Lake Vera Hut is located approximately 16k from the start of the hike and the Lake Tahune Hut is located 9k past that under the impressive quartzite cliff of Frenchmans Cap. Most parties take between three and five days to complete the track depending on weather and hiker fitness.

The most challenging part of the track may well be the mud encountered during the 9k walk through the Loddon Plains. Affectionately known as the "Soddon Loddons", during heavy rain it is not uncommon for the mud to be thigh to waist deep, although there are only a few sections where mud this deep will be encountered. For the most part the mud is between calf and knee deep. Although it is possible to avoid all the mud by walking around it, it is a much better idea to just walk through it. You will save hours of walking time by not going around, avoid creating more muddy areas and you’ll get to pretend you're 6 years old again and play in the mud.

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