• Length: 3.7km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Chimney Pots carpark

  • End: Chimney Pots carpark

  • Closest Town: Mirranatwa

  • Location: Grampians National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 301km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.383414711803

  • Longitude: 142.24038326181

Summary

The Chimney Pots is a great hike for those who want to get away from people. The walk takes you up a unique rock stack. The summit offers great panoramic views.

The Chimney Pots hike starts casually enough strolling along a good trail, crossing a dry creek and then climbing gently until you reach a junction where you can either circle Chimney Pots in a clockwise or counter clockwise direction. We went clockwise, which was really silly as we panted up the steep track in full sun and came down in shade.

Heading clockwise, you bump along the bottom of a cliff for a short distance and then climb steeply until you crest a shoulder and traverse around the north side still climbing. Another junction is reached and a short scrambly side trip leads out to a fine viewpoint on a big prow of rock just below the final cliffs of the Chimney Pots. It was interesting to see Mount Abrupt and Mount Sturgeon, both of which I had walked up from this angle and there are many interesting rock outcrops on the hillside north of Chimney Pots.

Back at the junction, the track climbs a short distance to crest the ridge and then heads downhill through a shady, green and very pretty valley to the main track.
Total distance: 3710 m
Max elevation: 740 m
Min elevation: 451 m
Total climbing: 401 m
Total descent: -401 m
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