Introduction A not overly difficult walk over a thickly vegetated plateau followed by an ascent of a peak with good views over Southwest Tasmania
There is a track all the way to Hartz Peak, with the only confusion likely to arise on selecting the start of the track on the Hartz Backbone saddle.
The Devils Backbone is prominent on the right from the very start of the walk as you leave the visitor shelter. Soon a small rock outcrop among trees close to the track is passed and is the Geeves memorial.
Views over lushly vegetated plains follow before a gentle climb through woodland to the next level. Once up this and out on heathland views of Hartz Peak and Mount Snowy appear. Next there is a junction with a boarded track leading to Lake Esperance where there are seats and fencing to protect cushion plants previously damaged by trampling from walkers. Back on the main track, Ladies Tarn is passed before climbing begins mostly not overly steep. From Ladies Tarn a short sharp ascent comes to and indistinct junction with the Hartz Lake track. Hartz peak is the prominent track leading left and ascends over a couple of terraces before sidling to the western side of the mountain and then ascending over a rock scree to the summit. The rock work from the junction with the Hartz Lake junction saddle is very impressive and well done.
Last Updated Sunday, 1 May 2011
Start Point From the visitor shelter at the car park on Hartz Plateau
Hazards Rocky sections
Route Conditions Virtually all is hardened, but some short sections are over uneven rocky ground and may require the use of hands.
Facilities Shelter, water and toilet at start
Route Grade Moderate
Route Distance Klms 9
Time Hours 5
The route is on the map below