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  • Length: 21.7km

  • Duration: 7hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Snowy Hill Car Park

  • End: Snowy Hill Car Park

  • Closest Town: Marysville

  • Location: Yarra Ranges National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 116km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.5130534300

  • Longitude: 145.8732783800

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Overnight Campsites

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Lake Mountain and Keppel Hut is a 21.7km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Yarra Ranges National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.

Summary

The Lake Mountain and Keppel Hut hike explores the outer reaches of Lake Mountain with its extensive network of well marked and maintained trails. Lake Mountain offers a range of options for exploring the resort area and the bordering Yarra Ranges National Park.

Commencing at the Snowy Hill Car Park follow the Upper Taggerty 4WD Road through alpine ash forest for approximately 6km. The road is easy to follow as it passes a number of adjoining tracks. The road heads generally north for the 6k’s before you need to keep an eye out for the Gould Track on your right (see note below). The start of the very overgrown Gould Track is difficult to find at this point but the track, once found, leads up through thick bush to the well defined but also overgrown East Boundary Track. If you find yourself heading due west on the Upper Taggerty 4WD Road then you have gone too far.

Important note on this overgrown section. The bush bashing is through very overgrown bush. If you are not confident with this section remain on the road and follow it all the way to Keppel Hut. The off trail section is for very experienced hikers only. Refer to diversion map and gpx file below.

Turning west, the East Boundary Track is followed to the Keppel Hut Road. A short distance to the right along the road will bring you to Keppel Hut. The Keppel brothers built a number of huts in this area from 1885. The present hut was built in 1985 and is in excellent condition. It is representative of a typical hut of the mountain cattlemen. A good spot for a lunch break. If you had elected to do this as a leisurely 2 day adventure then Keppel Hut is a popular camping spot on the headwaters of the Keppel Hut Creek. There are toilet facilities nearby and the creek is generally flowing.

Retrace your steps along the East Boundary Track and continue on, climbing through magnificent snow gum forest to the Bullfight Lookout and the ruins of the Boundary Hut, the highest point on the Lake Mountain Plateau at around 1460m. From the hut head south along Boundary Trail being sure to take a short side trip to Panorama lookout. Continue heading south via triangle junction, echo flat then via the Royston Trail to Gerratys Car Park.

Now no hike would be complete without a mountain summit so from Gerraty’s, continue south along the Lake Mountain Summit Trail to the 1433m summit. Heading east from the summit, follow the trail as it slowly descends through what is known as the Snowy Hill Playground and back to the Snowy Hill Car Park.

Getting there

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is approximately a two hour drive from the Melbourne CBD, travel out through the Eastern suburbs, through the picturesque Yarra Valley then wind across the Black Spur to Narbethong and take the turn off to Marysville. Arriving at Marysville, follow Woods Point Road for 11km where you will take a left onto Lake Mountain Road. Drive a further 11km and you will arrive at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Village. The car park will be on your left.

Tips

The quickest return route commences at Gerraty’s and heads north past Melbourne lookout to Triangle Junction then to Panorama and Hut trails from
where the track to Keppel Hut is clearly marked. This track descends quite steeply in parts, with some spectacular views out towards Mt Margaret. Keppel Hut is a popular camping spot on the headwaters of the Keppel Hut Creek.

 

Route Described with off-trail section

Total distance: 21714 m
Max elevation: 1479 m
Min elevation: 1078 m
Total climbing: 797 m
Total descent: -797 m
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Route with diversion along road to avoid off-trail section. (25km total)

Total distance: 24699 m
Max elevation: 1479 m
Min elevation: 1078 m
Total climbing: 824 m
Total descent: -824 m
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24 thoughts on “Lake Mountain and Keppel Hut (21.7km)

          1. Any running water at Keppel Creek at the moment and could we pitch a tent close to the hut? Planning to do this as an overnight hike with my son.

          2. Hi Zoe. Yes, there is a creek just near the hut that is running nicely. I was there on the weekend of 19 Feb 2017. There is also a flat area next to the hut for a tent but keep in mind that the hut is accessible by vehicle and as such there may be other people already there.

      1. Hi Zoe. Yes, there is a creek just near the hut that is running nicely. I was there on the weekend of 19 Feb 2017. There is also a flat area next to the hut for a tent but keep in mind that the hut is accessible by vehicle and as such there may be other people already there.

    1. Hahaha, yes that was a rather overgrown route, the detour wasn’t too bad though. Temperatures plummeted overnight on Saturday and the weather turned on Sunday, heavy fog and heavy rain on the way down from Lake Mountain summit. Had a great time, tougher than it looks!

  1. Did this hike today, but could not find the head of Gould track… Very very overgrown. Continued on up the 4wd track to Keppel for lunch and then on via the return. Keppel hut track also very dense and close in places. Number of trees fallen across the track but nothing we weren’t able to go over, under or around. Beautiful to see how well the bush is regenerating. Pity to see graffiti on the timbers of Keppel hut 🙁