Eagle-Peaks-and-Eight-Mile-Spur
  • Length: 20.5km

  • Duration: 8hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Davons Flat

  • End: Seven Mile Flat

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Mansfield

  • Distance from CBD: 227km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.1888894242

  • Longitude: 146.3499090720

Dont forget to edit the Trail Access and Features for hikes that you know

Trail Access

Click Edit to Add Condition

Select items to indicate conditions for access to the trail.

2WD Access

4WD Access

Public Transport

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Steep Road

Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Campfire Pit

Camping Area

Trail Features

Click Edit to Add Condition

Select items to indicate features found along the trail.

Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

Undefined Trail

Prams & Strollers

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Bicycle Trail

Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

3
1

Eagle Peaks and Eight Mile Spur is a 20.5km, grade 4 One Way hike located in Alpine National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 8hrss to complete.

Summary

Eagle Peaks are located in the heart of The Governors Remote & natural Area of the Alpine National Park, a remote area above the Howqua River. The Eagle Peaks and Eight Mile Spur is an extremely challenging hike that should only be undertaken by experienced hikers.

The hike commences at Davons Flat (also referred to as Dabons Flat on some maps), approximately 700m north east along Brocks Road from Sheepyard Flat. Follow the Eagle Peaks trail as it quickly ascends to 853m elevation where the spur narrows considerably. Continue to follow the trail south east to 932m elevation before turning east then south east to follow the ridgeline. The Eagle Peaks ridge continues to narrow and is steep and rocky in places. This section requires that you don’t have a fear of heights or exposed ledges with the terrain being near-vertical in places to the 1,445 metre summit.

From the summit, at 1421m elevation, follow the disused 4WD track south east to the final rocky peak then continue to the junction of Brocks Road and Bluff Link Road. From the junction locate the start of a spur to the east. This section is off-trail so ensure you have good navigation skills and a map and compass before proceeding beyond this point. Ascend the spur to an elevation of 1220m before turning north to follow the narrow ridgeline to the head of Eight Mile Spur at 1292m elevation.

Locate the Eight Mile Spur trail to your left (north) and descend through dry open forest along Eight Mile Spur to a grassy clearing beside the Howqua River named Eight Mile Flat. From the flat, continue west along a foot trail beside the Howqua River to Seven Mile Flat. You could in fact terminate the hike at Eight Mile Flat but Seven Mile Flat is more accessible for 2WD vehicle.

Getting There

From Mansfield, continue along the Mount Buller Road for 19.5km to Merijig, then a further 2km to the Howqua Track turnoff on the right. Follow the unsealed Howqua Track for 16.5km to Sheepyard Flat then proceed a few hundred metres north along Brocks Road to Davons Flat (also referred to as Dabons Flat on some maps).

Camping is available at Sheepyard Flat and many other campsites along Brocks Road.

Be Prepared

This hike requires that you have a sufficient level of equipment (in good working order), fitness and self-reliance. A PLB is also highly recommended as this is a remote area. The last water source is located in the creek crossing just before the ascent to Mt Darling. You will need to collect enough water to get you to your camp site and through the second day.

 

Total distance: 20392 m
Max elevation: 1409 m
Min elevation: 457 m
Total climbing: 1522 m
Total descent: -1418 m
Download GPX File

Please note that you need to be registered and logged in to download GPX Files. If you aren't you will automatically be redirected to the registration/login screen before being returned to this page. Then click the download button again. By downloading any GPX files from this site you agree that its use, and reliance upon, is entirely at your own risk. These files are for non-commercial, personal use only. I will endeavour to ensure the accuracy and currency of the data, but accept no responsibility in this regard, or the results of any actions taken, when using the digital route files.