April 7, 2006

Mount Picton

Sunny Prospects

Driving

  • Huon Highway to Geeveston;
  • Turn right into Arve Road towards the Tahune Air Walk;
  • Turn left into Picton Road (large triangular junction) about one kilometre before the Air Walk;
  • Follow East Picton Road southwards, before turning right onto West Picton Road, across the bridge over the Picton River;
  • Proceed around 5 kilometres before turning right into West Picton 1 (grid ref 727183);
  • Proceed about 2 kilometres before turning right into West Picton 1/2 just after crossing Cook Creek (grid ref 708179); and
  • Proceed just less than 1 kilometre to a cairn on the right hand side of the road, with some nearby road widening that permits parking.

Walking

  • The walk starts past some clumps of cutting grass, but quickly becomes a well cut track that is straightforward to follow all the way through to Steanes Tarn;
  • About halfway up a side track leads to two large glacial lakes (Riveaux and Picton) and I have been told that one of them has a beach that is wide enough to pitch a tent;
  • From Steanes Tarn there is a bit of a cairned route to the summit but it is difficult to follow and the sensitive alpine vegetation will last longer if walkers use a variety of routes; and
  • Good views across to Federation Peak if you choose the right day.
  • The route up the South Picton Range (Mount Chapman / Burgess Bluff) commences a short distance further along the road from the Mount Picton track. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for directions, I noticed yesterday when I went down this..."Proceed around 5 kilometres before turning right into West Picton 1 (grid ref 727183)" This is actually closer to 13km than 5km. Thanks for directions.Cheers Richard

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