• Length: 16km

  • Duration: 6.5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Mineral Springs Reserve

  • End: Mineral Springs Reserve

  • Location: Lerderderg State Park

  • Closest Town: Blackwood

  • Distance from CBD: 90km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.47105

  • Longitude: 144.31271

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Blackwood - Ruth Gully Circuit is a 16km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in Lerderderg State Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 6.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Blackwood - Ruth Gully Circuit hike involves some steep climbing and descent, two river crossings and some off track walking.

Getting there

Drive to Blackwood on the Western Highway via Melton and Bacchus Marsh, taking the Greendale-Myrninong Rd turn-off from the highway and then the Greendale-Trentham Rd to Blackwood. In Blackwood follow Martin Street north to Golden Point Road. Follow this east for 500m to the Mineral Springs Reserve on the left.

GPX File

Total distance: 15983 m
Max elevation: 688 m
Min elevation: 472 m
Total climbing: 526 m
Total descent: -526 m
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3 thoughts on “Blackwood – Ruth Gully Circuit (16km)

  1. This is an excellent hike with some steep climbs and descents. It should be noted that a 4WD vehicle is required to access this trail. My mate and i did this hike in pouring rain and it was very enjoyable and challenging but getting back out with the vehicle was just was challenging and required some winching.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the hike. Also interested to hear where you started the hike as it starts from the Blackwood Mineral Springs Reserve which is accessible by 2WD vehicle at any time of year.

  2. The GPX track has a different start/finish to the description which might confuse some.
    Also, it took us less than 5h, with breaks. Probably 4h walk time.

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