From Bushwalk Australia
25000:1 MAP: Stowport 4044
Start (Lat/Long): -41.1772, 146.028128
Time required: 2.5 hrs return
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gained: 130m
Track Type: Forestry Tasmania Maintained Track
Vehicle Required: unsealed rd, 2WD ok - 4wd preferred
Mount Dial is the signature protrusion in the Dial Range however it lacks any sort of distinguishing manmade features usually associated with this such as a trig point or cairn. It has some good views to the east and the undisturbed tree cover provides a relatively sheltered peak in poor weather. You will have opportunity to enjoy the small native orchids along the trail and in particular at the peak itself (peak season Oct- Dec.) Please be mindful where you tread!
- Access: 10km south of Penguin in the Dial Range reserve. It is best accessed from the shared Gnomon track, carpark Hales Rd (unsealed) off Ironcliffe Road.
- The track climbs moderately for 10 mins to the signposted Tall Trees Track junction (left turn). After another 10 mins of climbing the first junction with a loop walk around the Gnomon peak is reached. (the trail will still meet up again with another quicker approach to the Gnomon later, so a 15 min diversion on the return leg will bring you back to this junction.)
The track levels out and then descends briefly before becoming a fairly level easy ridge walk. ~ 250 m after passing the signposted Ferndene track which descends sharply to the left, there is a sharp right turn to the ill defined peak only marked with pink tape. At S41 09.996 E146 02.563
- Dogs are permitted on this section of the track.
- The track continues on to Mount Montgomery to the north and connects to the Penguin-Cradle Trail (PCT) from which either the Mt Montgomery or Keddies Creek carpark can be reached. About 100m north of this junction a diversion to the right onto a walking trail which joins a major vehicle trail leads to the peak of Mount Montgomery.
- Other approaches include:
- to the north Ferndene Reserve via Thorsby's Tunnel (excellent picnic facilities, longer - 4 hrs return, steeper and somewhat overgrown).
- to the south Mount Duncan via Tall Trees Track (6 hrs return).
- With the aid of a car-shuffle can be walked from the Mount Montgomery carpark through to the Gnomon carpark taking in 3 peaks as an interesting day-walk.
- reccomended publications from Penguin visitors information centre
- Dial Range Recreation and Management map ($4)
- Dial Range Walks - Northwest Walking Club (free)