Summit Mount Eliza
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Added by Elliott Kramer
- Distance: 11km
- Elevation Gain: ~1000m
- Time: 6-8 hours
- Day hike that provides amazing views over Tasmania's South-West National Park
- Opportunity to extend into a multiple day trip
The hike to the summit of Mount Eliza is one of the most physically tough but rewarding day hikes in the region. From the summit, an amazing view over the wilderness that surrounds you is unlike any that can be found outside of Southwest National Park.
The trail begins by leading you along flat marsh for a short period, but from there it is all uphill. Following the western ridgeline, the trail is well constructed and clear to follow for the first 4km, where you gain 700m in elevation and finish at the High Camp Hut. There is a pit toilet here and the hut can be used for overnight camping.
From here, the trail turns into a scramble, as rock cairns help you navigate your way through the boulder-field that leads you to the summit. The 300m of elevation gained in this slope will leave you puffing, however the view at the top will soon have you appreciating your effort.
- Sufficient water
- Good snacks and lunch
- Gear for all weather conditions. Alpine weather in Tasmania can change extremely quickly, so be prepared for this.
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Mount Eliza On A Clear Day
This is the perfect day mission for any weekend warriors in Hobart. If you pick a clear day you will have amazing views of lake Pedder the whole way. Make sure you pack warm clothes for the summit even on a hot day! It's was 28 degrees at the bottom but very chilly even with the sun out at the top. Give yourself enough time to spend an hour or two exploring the summit as there is a lot to see. Make sure you head along the right of the track that heads towards mount Ann to get a view of lake judd to the south (which we didn't do and kicked ourselves later). The hut on the track is very cool and worth a stay despite the mouse that apparently eats it's way through any food left laying around. There is a fresh water tank at the hut , tarns of fresh water at the summit and a fresh water creek at the car park. We drank from the creek and tank water with no tummy issues. Took us 5 hours altogether and was a great day!
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