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The Fortress is a 5.2km, grade 4 return hike, located in the Grampians National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.
For many years the Fortress was regarded as a mythical destination, lost as it is deep in a wild mountain range in one of the most remote corners of the Grampians. Its massive grey buttress and sweeping cliffs rise high above the treetops to form a singular tower that dominates all other surrounding peaks.
This scenic hike climbs up to below the fortress and visits two popular camping caves along the way. It is a fairly strenuous hike but there are plenty of resting points along the way.
Should you have a head for heights and don’t mind a bit of rock scrambling it is possible to climb to the top of the Fortress. It is a reasonably challenging climb for experienced hikers only. Do not consider the climb in wet or inclement weather.
Max elevation: 844 m
Min elevation: 716 m
Total climbing: 264 m
Total descent: -174 m