Valentine's Peak southern track ??

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Valentine's Peak southern track ??

Postby Smurphette » Tue 05 Jan, 2021 11:55 pm

Does anyone know if it's still possible to access the summit via the old track from the south off Peak Plain Rd?
Or to do it as a through walk from the northern end?
I've been to the start of the southern track and the initial open part looks fine, and the ridgeline end looks doable from the summit, but I imagine the in between forest part would be quite overgrown? :roll:
Anyone know if it's doable?
Is permission needed?

I've heard people talk about doing it that way back when that was the official route, and it looks much shorter on a map than the current track so it's got me curious :lol:
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Re: Valentine's Peak southern track ??

Postby north-north-west » Wed 06 Jan, 2021 7:43 am

I was up on St Valentines just a few days ago (from the north) and tried following the old track past the summit. The first two or three hundred metres are followable albeit a little faint and overgrown, but by the time you try to sidle the knob to the south, it's buried beneath bauera and a stack of scrubbery.
The forest and transition sections will have issues with fallen timber as well as some scrub. Permission was needed in the past, as far as I know - see no reason why that would have changed. Have you been in there recently? I thought the road gates were locked by FT, though that could have changed.
It's a pity that track isn't maintained as a circuit over the top and back around the flats would be a wonderful walk.
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Re: Valentine's Peak southern track ??

Postby pazzar » Sat 23 Jan, 2021 1:51 pm

I believe you would need to get permission from Forico to access the track now. There was a gate on the road as of October 2020, and plenty of active logging happening, so it is unlikely to have changed. I have always wondered about this track too, but just assumed it was very overgrown.
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