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Mount Difficult Circuit

Postby Kickinghorse » Fri 02 Apr, 2021 11:32 am

To those who aren’t away for Easter, we plan to head over next week to walk the MDC, haven’t done it for many years and it looks like there formed campsites now? Main question though, what is water availability like these days?
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Re: Mount Difficult Circuit

Postby CraigVIC » Fri 02 Apr, 2021 6:28 pm

There is a tank at long point west. I can't offer any insight as to whether it has water or not. But the Mackenzie nearby should have water I think.

I'd expect Mud Hut ck to be dry.
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Re: Mount Difficult Circuit

Postby Kickinghorse » Fri 02 Apr, 2021 8:25 pm

Thanks Craig. Looks like there’s been a fair bit of input up there as regards parks Victoria. Wonder if the closure of some campsites are sympathetic to environmental concerns or just in relation to decreased budgets/Heath and safety etc.Last time I did the circuit was in 1990.
When as it was then for all the Grampians range pretty much your own adventure.

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Re: Mount Difficult Circuit

Postby CraigVIC » Fri 02 Apr, 2021 8:49 pm

Longpoint west has sites levelled and marked out with logs plus a toilet so not quite the bush camp experience. Longpoint east has no infrastructure at all. All the other sites are officially closed. They're building (possibly finished) a new camp with platforms nearer the Mt Difficult summit. The old route between Beehive and Briggs is closed/no longer maintained but you can still walk it easily enough. There's details in an older thread here if you search back (including an excellent map by tinoB with details of water etc)

The troopers creek approach is also closed (I have never done it) although there's enough trip reports around to suggest it can still be done. Not sure why it was closed as I think it pre-dates the new peaks track.
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Re: Mount Difficult Circuit

Postby Kickinghorse » Sat 03 Apr, 2021 6:12 am

The Troopers approach was fairly steep but picturesque as you passed under vertical cliffs etc.Rock climbers accessed these in certain spots and I suspect there are overhangs/caves up there.Also as you progressed there were great views of the country out to the west. Imagine parks have closed these track to focus resources on the new Grampians Trail (there’s that word again) for which they can charge and control numbers via a booking system.
Another approach was up from the Plantation Picnic Ground, which was very steep but also rewarding re the views to the east.
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Re: Mount Difficult Circuit

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Sat 03 Apr, 2021 5:12 pm

I have walked up the Trooper's creek route back in the day .It was quite the adventure with steep rock scrambles and good views . The Route up from Plantation campsite is probably feasible using a Map and compass but a DIY kind of route which is not encouraged.
The Old route up Mt. Stapleton has been nanny state modified so that the exposed ledge walking that one used to do back in the day is now not on that 'new' route anymore.

The Grampians were once quite a wild place but they have been given the Nanny state treatment . Only the A**es Ears day walk and segments of The Fortress walk reminds me of how it once was back when I was 21 not 51 years of age. Back then There were No risk averse signs, no handrails, no steps, no fences, no warnings , no nothing!.

Just look what The Nanny state squad have done to the Balconies. Enough said :-( .
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Re: Mount Difficult Circuit

Postby CraigVIC » Sat 03 Apr, 2021 7:04 pm

Could pm you some partial off track alternates around Briggs Bluff if you like PCV?

I don't hate the peaks trail but it's a shame it's one size fits all. Could have been so much more with a bit more vision.
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Re: Mount Difficult Circuit

Postby Kickinghorse » Sun 04 Apr, 2021 10:38 am

The Route up from Plantation campsite is probably feasible using a Map and compass but a DIY kind of route which is not encouraged.


This is what has led to the Nanny approach you talk of. A long time since I did the walk up from the plantation but in those days the track was well used and clear. It then joined up with a track at the tops running north south all the way from beehive falls. Certainly no need for map and compass! I suspect it’s still there and walkable.
Craig on this Topo link look up Mount Difficult zoom in and you will see all existing tracks and the path I mention.

https://www.geoplaner.com/

When returning along the western side of Mount Difficult before the falls, we used to bash down through slabs of rock with little scrub to talk of and emerge about a third of the way along the road to Troopers Creek CG. Now wouldn’t that be frowned upon now!

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Re: Mount Difficult Circuit

Postby ggorgeman » Sun 04 Apr, 2021 3:49 pm

Did a Mt Difficult loop last November, which included an overnight stay at Longpoint West. There is a (new) tank and toilet there, but I'm unsure of tank water level, if any right now. Was plenty of water back then and numerous water courses running back then. But that's 5 mths ago. I found previous posts here very useful, and also added my report. Enjoy.
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