Mount Field West

6 h to 8 h

18 km
return

↑ 849 m
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Very challenging
Starting from the Lake Dobson car park at the end of Lake Dobson Road, Mount Field National Park, this walk takes you to Mount Field West. Enjoy a challenging and rewarding walk to Mount Field West, which at ​​1434 metres is the highest peak in Mount Field and is often covered in snow. Leaving from Lake Dobson among snow gums and pandanis, the track passes over the rocky screes of the Rodway Range and descends over boulder fields to K Col, where a solid stone hut provides emergency shelter. The track continues along the ridge to Clemes Tarn, then steadily ascends to Naturalist Peak before crossing the plateau to the summit of Mount Field West, which offers spectacular views across the Florentine Valley and the mountain ranges of south-west Tasmania. This walk is subject to severe weather changes throughout the year and is best suited to experienced walkers with good navigation and map reading skills. An early start is recommended as it requires a full day to complete. 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.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Pandani Grove Nature Walk & Lake Dobson Road (-42.6855892,146.5933334)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Lyell Highway, A10, Rosegarland.
  • Turn on to Gordon River Road, B61 then drive for 3.4 km
  • Turn slight right onto Gordon River Road, B61 and drive for another 12.4 km
  • Turn left onto Gordon River Road, B61 and drive for another 7.5 km
  • Turn right onto Lake Dobson Road, C609 and drive for another 15.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Pandani Grove Nature Walk & Lake Dobson Road Start heading along Pandani Grove Nature Walk (a walking track).
Find the car park at the start.
After another 25 m pass the "Day Shelter" (25 m on your left).
After another 7 m pass the toilet (30 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Pandani Grove Nature Walk.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Pandani Grove Nature Walk.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Urquhart Track & Pandani Grove Nature Walk) continue straight, to head along Urquhart Track.
After another 490 m continue straight, to head along Urquhart Track.
After another 590 m continue straight, to head along Urquhart Track.
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Snowgum Track & Urquhart Track) continue straight, to head along Snowgum Track (a walking track).
After another 350 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Snowgum Track.
After another 255 m (at the intersection of Tarn Shelf Track & Snowgum Track) veer right, to head along Tarn Shelf Track.
After another 40 m come to the "Lake Seal Lookout" (45 m on your right).
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Mount Field West Track & Tarn Shelf Track) continue straight, to head along Mount Field West Track.
After another 810 m pass the "Rodway Range" (45 m on your left).
After another 1.5 km (at the intersection of Mount Field West Track & K Col Track) veer left, to head along Mount Field West Track.
After another 15 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 310 m pass the "F.A. Bobs Peterson Memorial Hut" (on your right).
After another 3.6 km come to "Mount Field West".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 9 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Mount Field West


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 18 km
Time 6 h to 8 h
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Gradient Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 6 km apart with the largest gap of 12.6 km.

Toilet: There is one 75 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
65 mDay Shelter
Toilet
75 m[toilet]
Shelter
5.4 kmF.A. Bobs Peterson Memorial Hut
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