Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

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Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Xastorm » Wed 30 Jan, 2019 8:38 pm

Next overnighter planned is the Crosscut Saw to Mt Spec, if anyone's been up recently and can advise on the current water situation at both ends (more so Camp Creek..).

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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby onward » Wed 30 Jan, 2019 9:03 pm

There last weekend, reasonable flow at Mac Springs (about 1L/45Secs)
Equally reasonable flow at Camp Creek. Had 6mm rain on Saturday night and according to BOM 13mm today.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Wed 30 Jan, 2019 10:45 pm

If you go then have look at the water situation in the Stanley Name spur gully , 1 km down from the X cut saw summit ridge.That is one of the King River sources.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Xastorm » Thu 31 Jan, 2019 8:54 am

You guys are a wealth, thankyou.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Xastorm » Mon 04 Feb, 2019 4:18 pm

Got there on the weekend.. first time seeing the Crosscut and am still awed. Good water at Camp Creek, thanks.

And some photos. Spent more time admiring than walking I think.. :D
https://www.flickr.com/photos/77837409@ ... 350260458/
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Mon 04 Feb, 2019 6:14 pm

Thanks for sharing the photos with us. It is one of the most magnificent parts of the Australian Alps. It seems like you had decent weather and not too many crowds. It is a long lonely drive out there to the Howitt Plains car park. Coming up from the Upper Howqua river involves less driving and more slogging it uphill on foot . I plan to walk up that way in late Spring 2019 via the Stanley Name spur track. In winter it is possibly quickest to access the Cross Cut saw from The Lake Cobbler area.It is a 12 km walk to Camp Creek from Lake Cobbler.
What condition was the Howitt Hut in?. It was falling down last time I was up that way a couple of summers ago.

One loop on foot that has appeal is the Howitt Plains Car park/ Macalister River/ King Billy Saddle/ King Billy 2 & 1 and over Mt. Magdala to Mt. Howitt and back to the car via the Gantner hut.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Xastorm » Thu 07 Feb, 2019 7:32 am

The Howitt Hut was reasonable, although I have no point of reference as it was my first visit, but certainly not at risk of falling down in a storm.

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Certainly is magnificent out there. Can’t wait to get to Lake Cobbler and Mt Cobbler.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Wed 13 Feb, 2019 7:35 am

The Howitt Hut looks partially rebuilt now , judging by the photo.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Xastorm » Wed 13 Feb, 2019 11:20 pm

Howitt Hut is a bit fancier than the Cobbler Hut.. I rode up there on the weekend and despite the 2 1/2h afternoon downpour, wasn't particularly tempted to seek shelter in that hut! The benefit of the rainy day was I had Lake Cobbler almost to myself.. only one van camped overnight :D

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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Thu 14 Feb, 2019 6:49 am

Did you scramble across/down the gap and up to the true Mt. Cobbler summit?. That is where the views are best.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby bigkev » Thu 14 Feb, 2019 8:04 pm

Xastorm wrote:Howitt Hut is a bit fancier than the Cobbler Hut.. I rode up there on the weekend and despite the 2 1/2h afternoon downpour, wasn't particularly tempted to seek shelter in that hut! The benefit of the rainy day was I had Lake Cobbler almost to myself.. only one van camped overnight :D

https://www.flickr.com/photos/77837409@ ... 5230625051


Great photos Xastorm, thanks for sharing. It's a great spot isn't it :D
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Xastorm » Sat 16 Feb, 2019 7:25 am

Sure is!
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby JohnR » Sun 24 Feb, 2019 5:12 pm

Hi, was thinking of heading to the Crosscut next weekend. An update on current water situation for both McAlister Springs and Camp Creek would be much appreciated.

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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Mon 25 Feb, 2019 8:03 am

Mac Springs on 23 Feb took 3 mins+ to fill 1L bottle. Didnt see camp ck as took kids to Magdala. Howitt spring was tricking, cloudy/brown but usuable at a pinch. It's only occured to me to photograph water sources. Conveys more info.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Fri 01 Mar, 2019 11:44 pm

Alpine Nat park closed due to fires. Vic emergency app has more
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Xplora » Sat 02 Mar, 2019 5:28 am

Heremeahappy1 wrote:Alpine Nat park closed due to fires. Vic emergency app has more


Best going to this page to get closure information https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/park ... ional-park
Mostly southern areas of the park involved including the AAWT.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Tue 05 Mar, 2019 6:07 pm

The entire area has been closed by PV due to fires.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Kerryjoy » Sat 13 Apr, 2019 11:28 am

Hi All,

Does anyone know in the water is flowing at Macalister Springs now?

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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Kerryjoy » Sat 13 Apr, 2019 3:07 pm

Does anyone know if the water at Mac Springs is okay at the moment? Thank you.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Xplora » Sun 14 Apr, 2019 8:44 am

Last I heard the spring was but a trickle. There has been some rain since then but things still seem quite dry around the mountains. Sorry to not be of more help.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Kerryjoy » Sun 14 Apr, 2019 3:45 pm

Thanks for that. At least it gives me an idea of what to expect.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Mon 29 Apr, 2019 1:22 pm

Heyfield Office phone message (due to high volume of calls) is that all track closures will be lifted on 30 April sans Tali Karng walking tracks. One would suspect some change in water quality and quantity in the area given the recent fires however it would be great to have verified information. I may even have a wander myself.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby paidal_chalne_vala » Sat 04 May, 2019 9:09 am

Lake TK is shut and all tracks servicing it are closed and shall remain so until further notice.
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Re: Current water - McAlister Springs and Camp Creek

Postby CaptainC » Sun 19 May, 2019 7:35 pm

I was talking to a bloke who was at Camp Creek, Mt Speculation, a week ago and said it was flowing OK. He also said that Cobbler Lake had water but wasn't overflowing.
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