Mount Fortescue

Route Summary      Spectacular clifftop views on Tasman Peninsula
Walk Description      

The route traditionally available for this walk has been made one way by PWS and is supposed to walked via the original Cape Pillar track then turn north east to ascend Mount Fortescue. From there it is downhill to the Cape Hauy junction.

The details from a walk that way, dating from 2002 are:
Fortescue Bay – Fortescue Pillar junction                    2:00   6.5k
Junction – Mount Fortescue                                       1:30    2.2k   8.7k
 Mount Fortescue to Fortescue Bay
via Cape Hauy track (inc view stops)                          3:00             8.8k
                                                                           = 6:30             17.5k
I will update this when I redo the walk as the track will have changed following the upgrading.

The section between Fortescue Bay and the Cape Hauy/Mount Fortescue junction is along the very high grade Cape Hauy track with its many rock paved steps. It takes about an hour in either direction.

The upgraded section of track between the summit and the Cape Hauy track is of very good quality with several sections of boardwalk over damper or soft ground plus quite a number of steps, mostly wood framed with rock fill but there are some sections of purely rock steps.   From about 10 minutes of walk time )400 metres) above the Hauy junction the clifftop views are reached and continue past several lookouts for another 15 minutes or so (700 metres). Coming down the clifftops are met after about 1 hour.

It is 8.2k from Fortescue Bay and takes a bit over 3 hours for the up direction, which includes view breaks, and is a somewhat quicker 2:30 hours coming down.

Map      Hyppolote  and Tasman  1:25
Last Updated  Sunday, 10 January 2016
Start Point      Forestescue Bay
Route Conditions      Very high grade
Route Grade      Moderate
Route Distance Klms       17.5
Time Hours       7
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