Mount Field East Circuit

4 h to 6 h

8.5 km
circuit

↑ 434 m
↓ -434 m

Very challenging
Starting from the Mount Field East lower car park on Lake Dobson Road, Mount Field National Park, this walk takes you past Mount Field East. The track initially climbs through tall snow gums, passing a side track to Beatties Tarn before reaching the beautiful Lake Nicholls, where a timber hut provides shelter from the weather. From there, the track climbs up the escarpment past Lake Raynor towards the base of Mount Field East. A scree slope leads to the summit, which offers panoramic views of Rodway Range, Mount Field West, Bushy Park and the Derwent Valley. The track continues along a boardwalk across Windy Moor, then descends towards Lake Fenton, passing a side track to Seagers Lookout near the end of the walk. Navigation is fairly easy on a clear day, but difficult in snowy conditions when visibility is poor. This is an exposed alpine walk, so be prepared for sudden changes in the weather and extremely cold temperatures. 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 Lake Dobson Road & Mt Field East Track (-42.6778053,146.6262249)
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 11.6 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Lake Dobson Road & Mt Field East Track Start heading along Lake Dobson Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Mount Field East Track & Mt Field East Track) veer right, to head along Mount Field East Track (a vehicle track).
After another 10 m head through/around the gate.
After another 55 m veer left, to head along Mount Field East Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Seagers Lookout. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 630 m (at the intersection of Mount Field East Track & Seagers Lookout side route) continue straight, to head along Mount Field East Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the summit of Mount Field East. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2.4 km (at the intersection of Lake Nicholls Track & Mt Field East Track) veer right, to head along Lake Nicholls Track.
After another 1.2 km to find the "Lake Nicholls Hut".
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Beatties Tarn. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.3 km (at the intersection of Lake Nicholls Track & Beatties Tarn Track) veer left, to head along Lake Nicholls Track.
After another 660 m (at the intersection of Pack Track & Lake Nicholls Track) turn right, to head along Pack Track.
After another 1.1 km (at the intersection of Lake Dobson Road & Pack Track) veer right, to head along Lake Dobson Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Pack Track & Lake Dobson Road) turn right, to head along Pack Track (a walking track).
After another 190 m (at the intersection of Lake Dobson Road & Pack Track) veer right, to head along Lake Dobson Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Lake Dobson Road & Pack Track Woodland Walk) turn left, to head along Lake Dobson Road.
After another 580 m continue straight, to head along Lake Dobson Road.
After another 115 m come to "Mt Field East Car Park".
Continue another 0 m to find at the intersection of Mt Field East Track & Lake Dobson Road at the end.

This side trip takes you to Seagers Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Seagers Lookout side route & Mount Field East Track Start heading along Seagers Lookout side route (a walking track).
After another 630 m come to "Seagers Lookout".
Continue another 0 m to find Seagers Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 630 m to the main route.

This side trip takes you to the summit of Mount Field East.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Mt Field East Track & Lake Nicholls Track Start heading along Mt Field East Track (a walking track).
After another 450 m come to "Mount Field East".
Continue another 0 m to find Mount Field East at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 450 m to the main route.

This side trip takes you to Beatties Tarn.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Beatties Tarn Track & Lake Nicholls Track Start heading along Beatties Tarn Track (a walking track).
After another 260 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 260 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Mount Field East Circuit


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 8.5 km
Time 4 h to 6 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 4.4 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
4.4 kmLake Nicholls Hut
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