• Length: 13.7km

  • Duration: 4-5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: High Lead Carpark

  • End: Powelltown

  • Closest Town: Powelltown

  • Location: Yarra State Forest

  • Distance from state capital: 94km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.87887126

  • Longitude: 145.84945427

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

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Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

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4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

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Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

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Sandy Trail

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Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

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Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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High Lead to Powelltown via Reids Tramline is a 13.7km, grade 3 One Way hike located in Yarra State Forest Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4-5hrs to complete.


Another section of the very beautiful Walk into History Hike. As per other sections, the High Lead to Powelltown via Reids Tramline is a very beautiful walk through lush rain-forest and passes various historical points along the way. It is a hike that is well worth doing for the scenic value.

This starts at the High Lead carpark and follows the last Walk into History section to Powelltown. Whilst the official route is to walk the main street of Powelltown to the Reids Tramline car-park, a better option is to divert up and take the Reids Tramline. A far more enjoyable end to the hike.

The hike is quite a gentle hike with no large hills in it. There is a gradual uphill section along the Reids Tramline. But mostly follows the old tramlines, so inclines are very gentle.

Getting there

Make your way to Powelltown. The High Lead Car-park is approx 10.5km from Powelltown.


  • This hike can be taken either way, just make sure you have a vehicle at the end point to take you back to the start.
  • Signage is mostly good, but is missing at a few places. So make sure you have a good map and navigation skills.
  • Leeches can be a problem, so make sure you bring your favourite leech remedy/repellent.


Total distance: 13713 m
Max elevation: 379 m
Min elevation: 204 m
Total climbing: 345 m
Total descent: -463 m