Mt Speculation
  • Length: 24.7km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Mount Howitt Carpark

  • End: Mount Howitt Carpark

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Licola

  • Distance from CBD: 323km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.17097363

  • Longitude: 146.6698119

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Crosscut Saw and Mount Speculation is a 24.7km, grade 4 return hike, located in Alpine National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.

Hike Summary

The hike from Mount Howitt to Mount Speculation follows the path of the Australian Alps Walking Track as it makes its way along the Crosscut Saw. Many would describe this as one of the must-do hikes in the Alpine National Park.

Starting at the Mount Howitt Carpark hike for approximately 1.5 hours to Macalister Springs where you will set up camp for the night. You will need to carry everything you require for a two night camp on your back.

Day two you will hike The Crosscut Saw and Mount Speculation returning to the campsite for the evening. Day three you will make the return hike to your cars. This can also be done as a two day hike. We drove up on the Friday night to make an early start.

For those keen to hike on day two, stop at Bryces Gorge for a leisurely 8km (2.5 hour return) hike.

The Crosscut Saw is a scramble along a narrow ridge and is not for those with a fear of heights. We will be walking at a moderate pace with few stops and as such this hike is not suitable for inexperienced hikers.

About the region

The Alpine National Park is a national park located in the Central Highlands and Alpine regions of Victoria, Australia. The 646,000-hectare national park is located northeast of Melbourne. It is the largest National Park in Victoria, and covers much of the higher areas of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria, including Victoria's highest point, Mount Bogong at 1,986 metres and the associated subalpine woodland and grassland of the Bogong High Plains. The park's north-eastern boundary is along the border with New South Wales, where it abuts the Kosciuszko National Park.

Getting there

Drive to Licola and at the road junction near the bridge take the Tamboritha Road (don't cross the bridge). You will drive past bush camp sites before the road will turn into a dirt road. 48km from Licola you will reach the Arbuckle Junction, turn left and follow Howitt Road for another 37km to the Mount Howitt Carpark.

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Total distance: 24744 m
Max elevation: 1666 m
Min elevation: 1417 m
Total climbing: 1290 m
Total descent: -1290 m
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3 thoughts on “Crosscut Saw and Mt Speculation (24.7km)

  1. A friend and I walked up from Upper Howitt campsite via Queens track spur to My Buggery, hoping to get to Mt Speculation. Due to Queens track being quite overgrown and lots of fallen trees, we only made it the slopes of Mt Buggery. However this was wonderful with great sunset and a misty morning wakeup (April 2017). On the second day we followed Crosscut saw to Mt Howitt, and then down back to Upper Howitt via Howitt Spur from West Peak. Most enjoyable and Crosscut saw is such an amazing track with amazing views each side.

  2. This is truly a stunning walk and well worth carting an overnight pack along the saw to be able to camp at Mt. Spec which has the most beautiful views to wake up to. I haven’t been here for years but remember there was a creek not far fromt he Mount Speculation camping site, does anyone know how reliable the water is there? and also if the road to Mout Howitt carpark is ok for 2WD cars? Thanks!

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