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The Mount 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. Mount 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 Mount 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.
About the region
The Alpine National Park is a national park located in the Central Highlands and Alpine regions of Victoria, Australia. The 646,000-hectare national park is located northeast of Melbourne. It is the largest National Park in Victoria, and covers much of the higher areas of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria, including Victoria's highest point, Mount Bogong at 1,986 metres and the associated subalpine woodland and grassland of the Bogong High Plains. The park's north-eastern boundary is along the border with New South Wales, where it abuts the Kosciuszko National Park.
Max elevation: 1636 m
Min elevation: 1435 m
Total climbing: 199 m
Total descent: -251 m