tabletop
  • Length: 10km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: JB Hut

  • End: JB Hut

  • Closest Town: Mt Hotham

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 386km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.0218576584

  • Longitude: 147.2207200909

Mount Tabletop is a 10km, grade 4 Return hike located in Alpine National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Summary

The Mt Tabletop hike begins at the treeline on the south east corner of JB Plain about 0.5 km from JB Hut, beyond a solitary strainer post.

After a few minutes the trail emerges from woodland to a small grassy plain. In this area the remnants of log fencing and a gate are evident. Cattle were grazed here in the summer months for 100 years until 1989 when the Alpine National Park was created.

On the far side of the plain the track enters sub-alpine forest and drops steeply down to Tabletop Creek. Mt. Tabletop can be glimpsed to the south through the trees. From here the track rises slightly before skirting the southern edge of another grassy plain.

From here the hike follows the southerly spur that links the Great Dividing Range with Mt. Tabletop. This section of the spur was burnt in the 2003 bushfires and again in 2013. Some of this area has been aerially reseeded with Alpine Ash to help stimulate regrowth, some of it now 2-3 metres tall and quite dense in places. The final 0.5 km of track climbs steeply to the northern edge of the mountain. There are panoramic views in all directions from the summit.

Return via the same route.

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Total distance: 4970 m
Max elevation: 1636 m
Min elevation: 1435 m
Total climbing: 199 m
Total descent: -251 m
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