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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.
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.
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.
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.
Max elevation: 1409 m
Min elevation: 457 m
Total climbing: 1531 m
Total descent: -1427 m