(draft) Trip: Mt Richmond FP
Distance: 77.9 km (44.6 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 0m to 1724m. Gain: 3189m. Loss: 3414m . Gradient: 5 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)

Trips in the Richmond Ranges


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From Onamalutu Reserve to Mt Sunday Bivvy via Davies Road
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Distance: 10.3 km (3.0 DOC hours)
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Onamalutu Reserve to Mt Sunday Bivvy

Created by: Robin on 2020-08-21

From Forsters Track roadend to Fosters Hut via Forsters Track
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Distance: 6.6 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy terrain
Altitude: 542m to 1122m. Gain: 642m. Loss: 104m . Gradient: 6 deg (Gentle)
Skills:
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From the saddle on Kiwi Road a good benched packtrack from mining days sidles gently towards the main range. It's an easy walk / cycle on a rock/dirt benched track. The track hits the main range at Forsters Clearing. A signpost here marks the turnoff to Forsters Hut 0 500m to the east.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-17. Experienced: 2007-02-06

From Butchers Flat Campsite to Devils Creek Hut via Wakamarina Track
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Distance: 5.8 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Butcher Flat camp site, follow the Wakamarina Track on a well benched track to Devils Creek Hut. The track starts out as a 4WD track & sidles along the 100m contour. Cross Doom Creek via the bridge & beyond the site of the former Doom Creek Hut, the track gradually climbs to the 280m contour. It crosses three un-named side creeks, & shortly before Devils Creek Hut, the track drops 80m to cross the last of these un-named side creeks. Beyond this creek the track climbs 40m to the hut.

Created by: Reidpaulnz on 2021-02-22. Experienced: 2021-01-01

From Pine Valley car park to Pine Valley Hut via Pine Valley Track
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Distance: 1.9 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
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From the car park where the 4WD road fords Pine Valley Stream, head up the true right on a track. Cross two consecutive bridges, with the second bridge crossing to the true left at the Mill Flat camp site. Continue climbing gently up to the site of the former Pine Valley Hut.

Created by: Reidpaulnz on 2021-02-22. Experienced: 2021-01-04

From Pine Valley Hut to Fishtail Hut via mt Fishtail route
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Distance: 6.2 km (5.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the site of the former Pine Valley Hut, continue upstream on the true left. At the major set of forks, a steep unrelenting track, climbs from the 300m contour, all the way up to pt. 831. Beyond this point, the gradient eases but continues to climb; firstly to pt. 976, then 1248. Just beyond the 1300m contour the bush edge is reached & the track leaves the ridge & sidles across an old slip face to the hut.

Created by: Reidpaulnz on 2021-02-22. Experienced: 2021-01-04

Distance: 6.1 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Those with a 4WD vehicle can save two hours walking up Jackson Creek Road by fording Top Valley Stream & driving up Jackson Creek Road to the car park. From the car park a marked route climbs up the main ridge, over pt. 715, before climbing more steeply to pt. 1088. Beyond this, the gradient eases & 120m below pt. 1416, the track sidles north across the eastern faces of the ridge to Richmond Saddle & the 8-bunk hut, one hour below the summit of Mt Richmond.

Created by: Reidpaulnz on 2021-02-22. Experienced: 2021-01-07

From Mt Fell Hut to Richmond Saddle Hut via Mt Richmond route
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Distance: 4.3 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1209m to 1724m. Gain: 511m. Loss: 590m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

An easy-moderate marked tramping track, with a 500m climb / descent over Mt Richmond.

From Mt Fell Hut, regain the ridgeline W of the hut. A poled track sidles S up the east face of Johnson Peak before swinging due W at a col before the summit, to climb moderately steep scree faces to Mt Richmond itself. It’s a 500m climb from the hut to Mt Richmond summit, the highest point in the range. Amazing views are guaranteed – so long as it’s not cloudy, raining or snowing. A stone corral has been built on the summit and provides shelter to wait out the next gap in the weather. From Mt Richmond summit the poled track swings NW along a broad rocky ridge, before dropping W to Richmond Saddle, where the hut may be visible below. It’s a steep, 550m descent – but the rocks are stable and going isn’t as bad as it looks.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-08-18 01:37:34. Experienced: 2007-02-09

From Mt Fell Hut to Richmond Saddle Hut via Mt Richmond route
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Distance: 4.3 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1209m to 1724m. Gain: 511m. Loss: 590m . Gradient: 15 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

An easy-moderate marked tramping track, with a 500m climb / descent over Mt Richmond.

From Mt Fell Hut, regain the ridgeline W of the hut. A poled track sidles S up the east face of Johnson Peak before swinging due W at a col before the summit, to climb moderately steep scree faces to Mt Richmond itself. It’s a 500m climb from the hut to Mt Richmond summit, the highest point in the range. Amazing views are guaranteed – so long as it’s not cloudy, raining or snowing. A stone corral has been built on the summit and provides shelter to wait out the next gap in the weather. From Mt Richmond summit the poled track swings NW along a broad rocky ridge, before dropping W to Richmond Saddle, where the hut may be visible below. It’s a steep, 550m descent – but the rocks are stable and going isn’t as bad as it looks.

Last updated by: Madpom at 2015-08-18 01:37:34. Experienced: 2007-02-09

Distance: 2.4 km (1.0 DOC hours) - Benched track - Easy-moderate terrain
Skills: - Streams (2/6)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the car park a benched tramping track sidles down to Lake Chalice Hut crossing three un-named streams in the process, the third of which is immediately beside the hut.

Created by: Reidpaulnz on 2021-02-22. Experienced: 2021-01-08

From Lake Chalice Hut to Pt 1309 track junction via Head of creek & ridge
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Distance: 6.4 km (6.0 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) - Streams (2/6) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Lake Chalice Hut follow the eastern side of the lake for 15 minutes to the Old Man Track junction on the true right of the stream that head waters originate between pt 1369 & 1522. The climb begins from the 780m contour & gradually climbs to the 1380m contour as the track weaves its way in & out of gullies, crossing two un-named streams in the process. From the 1380m contour climb in a northeast direction to the bushline & sidle across the northwest faces of pt. 1522. The track then drops 260m into a bush saddle, before a gentle climb up to pt. 1309 & the track junction.

Created by: Reidpaulnz on 2021-02-22. Experienced: 2021-01-12

From Old Man to Pt 1309 track junction via Ridge
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Distance: 1.5 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

Descend south from the high point of 'Old Man' to the bush line. Continue heading south along the ridge to the track junction that heads due east to 'The Forks' on Top Valley Stream.

Created by: Reidpaulnz on 2021-02-22. Experienced: 2021-01-12

From Ada Flat to Old Man via track
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Distance: 1.2 km (0.7 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1332m to 1498m. Gain: 166m. Loss: 69m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The poled route (‘The Alpine Route’) heads south over Ada Flat, and descends to a saddle where a cut track swings SSW to Old Man. There is a water tank on the summit of Old Man – very welcome in the dry ranges. A signpost marks the track junction.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-18. Experienced: 2007-02-09

From Ada Flat to Slaty Hut via Alpine Route
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Distance: 3.7 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1357m to 1509m. Gain: 212m. Loss: 199m . Gradient: 6 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Ada flat the Alpine Route heads north across tussock tops, dropping to a bushy saddle before climbing to the open pt1538, topped by a crown of rock. Here a major spur joins from the NE (a rough route down to Roebuck Hut), and the Alpine Route swings WNW towards Slaty Peak. The route continues poled along an obvious ridgeline until just prior to Slaty PEak, where it cuts across the steep eastern tussock face (far higher than shown on the map) before descending to Slaty Hut.

The track is poled, and well used.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-12. Experienced: 2015-08-09

From Slaty Hut to Starveall Hut via Alpine Route
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Distance: 4.7 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1187m to 1490m. Gain: 346m. Loss: 562m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Slaty Hut, the poled route climbs slightly before sidling east to join the spur north of Slaty Peak at the bushline. A well marked, cut track drops through the bush, passing two low saddles with an intermediate peak, before climbing steeply to Mt Starveall. The bushedge is reached a few meters below the flat summit is attained. A poled route heads north across the flat top, before dropping steeply NNW down the spur towards Starveall Hut. A few minor scrambles down rocky sections of ridgeline are required, which make an ice-axe advisable if covered in ice.

Reaching a saddle, the track sidles scree on the southern face of pt1243 before arriving at the saddle where Starveall Hut is located.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-12. Experienced: 2015-08-10

From Slaty Hut to Starveall Hut via Alpine Route
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Distance: 4.7 km (3.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1187m to 1490m. Gain: 346m. Loss: 562m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Slaty Hut, the poled route climbs slightly before sidling east to join the spur north of Slaty Peak at the bushline. A well marked, cut track drops through the bush, passing two low saddles with an intermediate peak, before climbing steeply to Mt Starveall. The bushedge is reached a few meters below the flat summit is attained. A poled route heads north across the flat top, before dropping steeply NNW down the spur towards Starveall Hut. A few minor scrambles down rocky sections of ridgeline are required, which make an ice-axe advisable if covered in ice.

Reaching a saddle, the track sidles scree on the southern face of pt1243 before arriving at the saddle where Starveall Hut is located.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-12. Experienced: 2015-08-10

From Ada Flat to Slaty Hut via Alpine Route
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Distance: 3.7 km (2.0 DOC hours) - Marked route - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1357m to 1509m. Gain: 212m. Loss: 199m . Gradient: 6 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Iceaxe/crampons (4/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From Ada flat the Alpine Route heads north across tussock tops, dropping to a bushy saddle before climbing to the open pt1538, topped by a crown of rock. Here a major spur joins from the NE (a rough route down to Roebuck Hut), and the Alpine Route swings WNW towards Slaty Peak. The route continues poled along an obvious ridgeline until just prior to Slaty PEak, where it cuts across the steep eastern tussock face (far higher than shown on the map) before descending to Slaty Hut.

The track is poled, and well used.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-12. Experienced: 2015-08-09

From Ada Flat to Old Man via track
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Distance: 1.2 km (0.7 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1332m to 1498m. Gain: 166m. Loss: 69m . Gradient: 11 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

The poled route (‘The Alpine Route’) heads south over Ada Flat, and descends to a saddle where a cut track swings SSW to Old Man. There is a water tank on the summit of Old Man – very welcome in the dry ranges. A signpost marks the track junction.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-18. Experienced: 2007-02-09

From Old Man to Old Man Hut turnoff via track
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Distance: 2.4 km (1.3 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1310m to 1498m. Gain: 77m. Loss: 222m . Gradient: 7 deg (Gentle)
Skills: Alpine weather (2/7) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the junction at Old Man summit the track west along the ridgeline to Old Man Hut and Mt Rintoul is signposted and well maintained. A signpost points marks the junction of the Alpine Route and the track down to Old man Hut.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-18. Experienced: 2007-02-09

Distance: 0.7 km (0.3 DOC hours) - Tramping track - Easy-moderate terrain
Altitude: 1105m to 1353m. Gain: 0m. Loss: 248m . Gradient: 21 deg (Moderate)
Skills: Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
GPX info source: Drawn on map

From the junction, it’s a 1km, 250m descent through steep beech to clearings and a stream where the 6 bed Old Man Hut is located.

Created by: Madpom on 2015-08-18. Experienced: 2007-02-09


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