Part 2 of my Frenchmans Cap hike report begins from our campsite near Sharlands Peak…
Frenchmans Cap Hike – Day 3: Climb Frenchmans Cap and return to Lake Vera
Due to a poor weather forecast for the following day we decided that we would leave our gear right where it was, and climb Frenchmans Cap without our luggage before returning to Lake Vera that night. The section from Sharlands Peak to Lake Tahune is fantastic. The view to Frenchmans Cap is framed by the skeletons of burnt out King Billy Pines, sadly wiped out in a fire in the 1960′s. The extent of the fire must have been immense as the bleached white dead trunks were visible right up and down the valley and all around Lake Tahune.
From Lake Tahune there is a very steep set of steps to climb before you finally reach the great chunk of quartzite that is Frenchmans Cap. Funnily enough, things got a little easier from here! The final ascent is a zigzag up to the summit for outstanding views of all the mountains of central/western Tasmania. Unfortunately our views were somewhat ruined by smoke – it seems that our climb coincided with a busy day of burnoffs around Tasmania.
Frenchmans Cap Hike – Day 4: Lake Vera to the Lyell Highway and the Hungry Wombat cafe
We walked out with light rain falling for most of the day. The highlight of this particular day was a ginormous “Works Burger” at the Hungry Wombat cafe in Derwent Bridge. In fact, the thought of that burger was a great motivator during those last few hours. The walk up to Mt Mullens in particular seemed to take forever when I knew the end was so near!
Anyone thinking about a trip to Frenchmans Cap should consult with the notes on Tasmania’s Parks & Wildlife Service web page. Needless to say it is a serious undertaking, and will require a favourable weather forecast along with better than average fitness on the part of the walkers, and a fair deal of experience walking on challenging tracks.
Part 1 (day 1 & 2) notes click here.
Sunset/sunrise photos coming up next!