Mawson Plateau Traverse

Mt.Field Alpine Region

Summary

Walk along a moorland then a short but at times rocky climb to an alpine plateau followed by a descent to a lake and ending with a walk of almost 2k along a road unless a car shuffle has been arranged.

Description

Initially the track to Lake Belcher is followed to the saddle below Mawson Plateau. This section is at times quite wet and much is over open moorland with the last short part through snowgum wood. From there it is a short climb , including parts over boulders to the plateau followed by a pleasant walk over the top. This plateau is quite exposed and navigation could be a problem in poor conditions. The descent route is via the ski areas down to Lake Dobson, and it is possible to use the old partly overgrowing Golden Stairs route rather than the jeep track. Unless there are two cars there remains a walk back up the road to Wombat Moor.

Start Point  Wombat Moor carpark

Introduction Part of walk is exposed and some rock scree is encountered. There are no navigation aids or track over the plateau. Moderate grade walk 4-5 hour walk

Hazards Rock screes and exposed alpine plateau without navigation aids

Route Conditions Sections are rough and some of the tracked area is quite wet at times

Facilities Toilet at lake Dobson

Route Grade MR

Route Distance Klms 9

Time Hours 4-5 hours

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