Sunday, 8 November 2015
Hartz Mountains National Park is just over an hour's drive from our place. I haven't been there for ages though, and it's one of those places where you just don't visit unless the weather looks like it's going to be good - otherwise it can be really horrible with weather coming in from the south west. I expect that's why there is a brand new looking swanky lunch shelter at the car park - for all those visitors who arrive at the start of the walk, and think better of it due to the weather!
Today it was forecast to be good, and the only issues were the wind on top of the ridge that we climbed up from about halfway to the top. We were pretty well prepared clothes wise, so it just meant lots of stops to put on and off layers as we moved in and out of the sheltered spots. As we descended from the peak the wind had picked up even further and we passed a whole lot of very lightly dressed people who would have been battling once they got up there. These people looked seriously underprepared, but on a day like today when the fine weather holds, they'd probably be fine.
Anyway - the walk was great. Conveniently, Lake Esperence is right on the way to Hartz Peak, so it was a 2 for 1 day out. On a good day like today, Hartz Mountain National Park feels like an alpine garden, landscaped to perfection just for us. The waratahs will be out in a month or so, making it even more spectacular.
The trail is in immaculate condition - duck boarded or paved for most of the way, with only a few steep scrambly bits in the 2nd half of the ascent.
Lake Esperence - 1.7 k round trip, and well worth doing just for that.
It was a like garden, there just for us to enjoy!!
Behind Zali is Federation Peak and the rest of the very rugged looking south west. The views were sensational today.
Miley wasn't able to join us in the end, but the walk wasn't all that demanding, and packs weren't that heavy today. I think the kids both had a great time..
and so did I..