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Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Haydynb » Fri 15 Dec, 2017 9:10 pm

Hey all

Just wondering if anyone knows the status of the Maggs road Route to the start of the Alternate Pillinger track, post the floods in 2016?

I believe the road was damaged but have no idea if thats correct or if its been repaired?

Any advice would be great

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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Tortoise » Fri 15 Dec, 2017 10:48 pm

Hey Haydyn. Not sure if the actual Maggs Spur 17 road was damaged or not (the last 2+ kms to the track head). But Maggs Rd itself is fine. (We went that way a couple of weeks ago to the Arm River Track - now accessed by going past Magg Spur 17.)
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Haydynb » Sat 16 Dec, 2017 7:11 am

Thx Tortoise...
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Nuts » Sat 16 Dec, 2017 10:39 am

Arm R track is pretty good these days, switchbacks and well built. Probably quicker.
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby CasualNerd » Sat 16 Dec, 2017 11:15 am

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If you mean this track (I've forgotten what the road and track was called) but you can see where we started walking by the blue track recording, that's as far as you get on the road and the track heads off into the bush. Was reasonable by AWD in July. It was quite overgrown though, definitely easier to go in via Arm River Track.
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Haydynb » Sat 23 Dec, 2017 7:54 pm

Thx Nuts and Casual Nerd. Re your comments CN, was it get lost over grown? Still reasonanbly marked? My recall on that track is that the first part is the real heavy bush.. was that the overgrown section?

Nuts. Wife is coming with me..how hard is that climb with the switchbacks(armriver)? She has a reasonable level of fitness..
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby MrWalker » Sat 23 Dec, 2017 8:36 pm

Haydynb wrote:Thx Nuts and Casual Nerd. Re your comments CN, was it get lost over grown? Still reasonanbly marked? My recall on that track is that the first part is the real heavy bush.. was that the overgrown section?

Nuts. Wife is coming with me..how hard is that climb with the switchbacks(armriver)? She has a reasonable level of fitness..

It's overgrown, but probably not enough to get lost. The Arm River track switchbacks are very good condition and definitely easier.
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby SergeantMcFly » Sat 23 Dec, 2017 8:39 pm

Switchbacks not that difficult for the moderately fit, its about 200m of elevation gain in roughly 800m of track? Short and sweet, right to the point.
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby CasualNerd » Sat 23 Dec, 2017 9:25 pm

Well we didn't lose the track, even with a bit of snow, so the track is visible, just very very overgrown. I wholeheartedly recommend arm river track though, much easier.
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Haydynb » Sat 23 Dec, 2017 10:00 pm

Thx gents... Arm River it is. Track head easy to locate... well sign posted?
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby SergeantMcFly » Sun 24 Dec, 2017 8:17 am

As you're driving out Maggs Rd, eventually you'll reach a split with a small sign post in the middle. Keep to the left, taking the high road and after another 17km or so you'll reach a road block with the only option being to turn left. Follow that for 3km or so and you'll reach the carpark. It's the end of the line so assuming you don't drive into the creek, can't miss it.
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Nuts » Sun 24 Dec, 2017 9:04 am

The creek-side banks on MS17 route are steeper than anything now remaining on the Arm R. Track.

To climb Mt. Pillinger the original Arm River track is now a turn-off, just short of the park/WHA entry sign, above the initial climb. A few hundred meters of scratchy track initially from there and then open walking on the better drained section of the original track to the Pillinger turn-off.
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Haydynb » Mon 25 Dec, 2017 7:04 am

Thx all. Merry Christmas
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Davo1 » Tue 26 Dec, 2017 5:14 pm

Interesting thread.
I haven't been in there for a few years and always used to go via Maggs track as we really enjoyed it.
Haven't tried Arm River since the upgrade so will have to go have a look.
Thanks for the info everyone.
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Re: Maggs Road - Mt Pillinger

Postby Haydynb » Thu 04 Jan, 2018 5:18 pm

Hey all. Thx for your feedback. We headed in last week finding the road in good nick and the Arm River track an excellent way to get to Pillinger. Had a great day with great weather...

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