Lake Mountain and Keppel Hut (21.7km)

Yarra Ranges National Park



7 hrs

Grade 3


Hike summary

Route and GPX file

Trail Features


Gear you might need

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Getting there

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About the region

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1 Review on “Lake Mountain and Keppel Hut (21.7km)”

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  • The Gould Track section is now completely overgrown and effectively no longer exists. You will need to take the longer route following the road right the way round. Another point to note is that there a number of large trees down along the Upper Taggerty Road and a lot of climbing is involved along this section of the track. Other than those two small issues, its still a great track and a great spot close to Melbourne for an overnight hike!

  • Rhiannon Bowman

    Vaughan Bowman

  • Juzee Celentane

    Keppells Hut is a great spot. Have run dog teams into there for the last dozen or so years when the snow conditions have been right.

    Fantastic history to this Hut, rebuilt in 2011 after the Black Saturday Fires. Sadly the old log books were destroyed which detailed many people’s trips to the Hut.

    1. Peter Fisher

      Kyle Hura – spring time walk!

    2. Ellie Cuthbertson

      Laura Adams Wendy Hsieh

    3. Ellie Cuthbertson

      Laura Adams why not

    4. Jess McRae

      Leona Xu good (but hard) question! ?

    5. Samantha Smith

      Marnie Houghton Kirsty Sims let’s do dinner and games night soon to plan!

    6. Michael Wilson

      Matt Keeble !!?
      When you going to pony up son ?
      Let’s go..

    7. Matthew Paulding

      Matt Keeble total coverage. Get willow to pack snowshoes

    8. Michael Wilson

      Matt KeebleLETS GO !

    9. Michael Wilson

      Matthew Paulding Lets do it !

    10. Aneeta Pillai

      Mid November.. anybody interested?

    11. Mark R Reardon

      Might do this over my Xmas break.

    12. Angela Sykes

      Mish Hannan wanna do this with me one day?

    13. Trail Hiking Australia

      Nice idea

    14. Dan Williams

      Not sure how it works with Trail Hiking Australia if an official organizer is not available. Is it possible to propose a Meet-Up?

    15. Juzee Celentane

      One of our obstacles, a washout from the river.

    16. Carrie Dixon

      Possibly Aneeta Pillai

    17. Angela Sykes

      Ray Murray as if we would

    18. Dan Williams

      Really keen to do this! Looks like really good fun!

    19. Marnie Houghton

      Samantha Smith Kirsty Sims we need to plan on pls

  • This circuit is not currently (April 2022) viable as the Lady Talbot Drive Hazardous Tree Removal Project has closed off all of the access routes to Keppel Hut, including the full length of Upper Taggerty 4WD Road and the trails starting from Panorama.

    1. Darren Edwards Post author

      Thanks for the update Richard

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