At 1986 metres high, Mt Bogong is Victoria’s tallest mountain, dwarfing all its rivals. The Mount Bogong – Staircase Spur Trail is the direct route up, beginning at the Mountain Creek Picnic Area and ending at the summit of Mt Bogong.
The track to the summit begins at the Mountain Creek Picnic Area and follows a vehicle track to the foot of the Staircase Spur, where the ascent begins through a forest of Peppermint Gums. Bivouac Hut, about halfway along the climb, offersa welcome resting place before the track passes through Snow Gums and out onto the steep rocky ridge leading to the summit plateau.
The exposed treeless plain of the summit offers little shelter in poor weather. Strong winds, fog, freezing temperatures, rain and snow are all common at this altitude. Navigation can be extremely difficult in these conditions so we will turn back at the tree line if conditions are poor or deteriorating.
From the summit you can return via the staircase which makes this a 16km return hike. The other option is to descend via Eskdale Spur.
The track descends steeply down the Eskdale Spur past Michell Hut to the tree line where the track intersects with the Granite Flat Track.
This is a challenging hike that should not be underestimated.
The hike starts and ends at Mountain Creek Camping Area. From Melbourne, drive to the small town of Tawonga (4km north of Mt Beauty). From Towonga, Mountain Creek Roads heads east for 10.5km to the camping area. There are pleasant campsites and a pit toilet here.
This hike requires that you have a sufficient level of equipment (in good working order), fitness and self-reliance.
Max elevation: 1975 m
Min elevation: 598 m
Total climbing: 1487 m
Total descent: -1487 m