Date: Sun, 26 April 2015
There was a wonderful response to David’s appeal for de-marking of the Cleland trails. This frees him up to visit the Mt Misery area on Sunday 26 April, where he will do some course marking and signing in preparation for a group run on 10 May. (Eventually, there is to be a race event here on 9 August).
This Sunday. 26 April, he will explore the new, eastern part of the route shown below. Anyone is welcome to join him, and you’re guaranteed a good scenic run. He will be doing about 12 kms of a very hilly course, starting and finishing at the Croft Rd car park.
He will be at the Croft Rd car park at 8.30 a.m. For how to get there, see the instructions under the Mt Misery Event on the website. It’s about 35 minutes drive from the start of the South-Eastern Freeway, and about 30 minutes drive from the Athelstone shopping centre on Gorge Rd (next to the junction with Maryvale Rd).
Mt. Misery 24
Distance: approx 23.7 km
Altitude Range: approx 321 m
Total Climb: approx 1033 m
- Starting from Croft Rd, follow Mawson Trail westwards for 3.5 kms. Ignore the Mawson Trail Loop signs which are identical to the Mawson Trail signs except that they have a loop logo. At 3.5 kms, you reach the intersection with the Heysen Trail. This is clearly marked, and there is a glass-fronted map under a roof.
- Turn left into Heysen Trail and follow this for c.2 kms, entering Montacute Conservation Park, and descending to the bottom of a deep valley. The track turns left and after c.150m take a rough track to the right going up a steep slope.
- After c.1.3 kms you reach a gate and just beyond this you come to Stone Hut Rd (signposted) which is also the Mawson Trail.
- Turn right, and follow this for 2 kms up a steep hill, to the intersection with the Heysen Trail which you passed before.
- Now turn left into Koch Track/Heysen Trail. After c.1.3 kms you reach the bottom of a steep valley with a camp ground on the right. The track turns sharp right. Immediately, c.20m further on, take an indistinct path to the left. Follow this down a steep bank and across a creek. From here onwards, the route over Mt Misery is usually marked with our signs.
- Follow a disused track uphill for c. 300m. The track turns round to the right, then continues to the top of a bare hill with magnificent views.
- Continue in a straight line over this hill, and descend to a saddle. After c.300m from the top of the hill, go through a gate in front of you.
- Continue uphill to a ridge. Turn right and you see the Mt Misery trig point. From a point c.150m further on, the Mt Misery Track (not signposted but much used) goes downhill. Follow it for 1.5 kms.
- At the bottom of a dip, the track forks. The left fork has a sign barring access to vehicles.
- Follow this for c.400m until you reach an indistinct path on your right, down a steep slope.
- This brings you back to Koch Track/Heysen Trail. Turn left.
- After c.1 km you come to a Heysen Trail arrow pointing left off Koch Track. Take this turning.
- Follow Heysen Trail for c.2.5 kms until you come to Grandad’s Camp on the left and Pratts Track turning right. Follow Pratts Track.
- After c.300m you reach a fork. It doesn’t matter which fork you take, but I’ve been following the left one which from memory is CC17.
- After another 1.2 kms which include ascent of a monster hill, you reach an intersection of 7 tracks on a ridge. Turn left into the largest track, which happens to be the only one not signposted! This is Big End Track.
- Follow this for c.2.5 kms till you reach the bottom of a valley and Fox Creek Rd car park. Ignore turnoff uphill to Old Ned’s Track.
- Turn right to the furthest end of the car park, and follow a track running away from the car park along the bottom of a valley. This is The Guts Track; but a sign doesn’t appear until 200m later.
- After another 150m, turn left into Ridge Track, up a steep and long hill.
- After 2.9 kms of climbing, at the top of a ridge, you come to Farrel Track. Turn right into this and after about one km you return to the start point.