From Lake Creek Junction to Lochnagar Hut via Lake Creek and Goatel Rock Biv
Distance: 4.2 km (3.5 DOC hours) - Unmaintained track - Moderate terrain
Altitude: 635m to 1124m. Gain: 517m. Loss: 60m . Gradient: 8 deg (Gentle)
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Head up the old farm track child climbs the northern side of Lake Creek and sidles it upsteam for 1km before returning to the creek. An old cage may help the crossing, but it;s wheels were siezed when I visited (2017) so fording the creek was preferable (knee deep, late summer low flows).

There is no visible track on the southern bank, but head generally upstream climbing spurs onto terraces on the southern bank in grassy open country. The track becomes clear once the scrub is reached - a platformed old farm track cutting into the scrub. This is the lower of the two tracks shown on topomaps.

Follow the track as it sidles flat, the river rising to meet it. The track becomes rougher (uncut for some time in 2018) as it climbs the southern side of the rockfall dam towards the lake. Scrub is thick and encroaching on the track until you reach the large overhanging rock known as the Goatel. Exit the goatel through the hole in its ceiling towards the rear to find yourself on flatter tops of the rockfall dam, in sparse low scrub. The track is poled from here with white canes, cutting towards the northern side of the valley and climbing through a basin before dropping to Lochnagar Hut near the lake outlet.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2018-01-20 19:23:32. Experienced: 2018-01-12
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