Keep the Trail Access info current...
Select items to indicate conditions for access to the trail.
Large Car Park
Small Car Park
Keep the Trail Features current...
Select items to indicate features found along the trail.
Prams & Strollers
Mountain Bike Trail
Historic Rail Trail
Coast & Beach
Waterfalls & Lakes
Goldfields & Mining
OAuthException: (#10) To use 'Page Public Content Access', your use of this endpoint must be reviewed and approved by Facebook. To submit this 'Page Public Content Access' feature for review please read our documentation on reviewable features: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/review.
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.
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.
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.
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
Max elevation: 1479 m
Min elevation: 1078 m
Total climbing: 797 m
Total descent: -797 m
Route with diversion along road to avoid off-trail section. (25km total)
Max elevation: 1479 m
Min elevation: 1078 m
Total climbing: 824 m
Total descent: -824 m