Mount Bogong via Staircase Spur
8 h, 11 h to 2 days
Starting at the Mountain Creek Campsite, Alpine National Park, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Bogong and back via the Staircase Spur Trail. At 1986 metres high, Mount Bogong is Victoria’s tallest mountain, dwarfing all its rivals. The track starts by following a vehicle track to the foot of the Staircase Spur, where the ascent begins through a forest of Peppermint Gums. About halfway along the climb hikers can take shelter and rest at Bivouac Hut, before the track passes through Snow Gums and out onto the steep rocky ridge leading to the summit plateau. From the mountaintop, there are incredible views in all directions. The exposed treeless plain of the summit offers little shelter in poor weather. Strong winds, fog, freezing temperatures, rain and snow are all common at this altitude. This hike requires a sufficient level of equipment, fitness, experience and self-reliance. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.