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This high country Mount Clear Traverse hike includes The Nobs, High Cone and Mt Clear. It is a full pack carry so all hikers must have suitable gear, clothing, food and water.
Mt Clear's bald 1695m summit and bulk are visible from many peaks in the area, and its central position ensures a grandstand view of the surrounding alps. Other peaks visited on this hike are The Nobs (1495m) with its twin summits, High Cone (1488m) with its prominent point and Square Top (1587m) with its long flat summit. All of these peaks are straight forward to climb following a long ascent from the valley.
Day 1 ascends for the first 3-4km and is 14km in length. Days 2 is mostly downhill for the remaining 7km. See elevation profile.
14km to campsite
7km return to vehicles
Can be collected at the start point and during the hike
At Sheepyard Flat (or anywhere you want to camp) Overnight campsite is on an attractive saddle north west of Mt Clear and is close to a convenient water source.
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.
From Mansfield, follow the Mt Buller Road for 20.5km to the Howqua Track turnoff on the right, just 2km past the small town of Merrijig. Follow the dirt Howqua Track for 16.5km to the popular Sheepyard Flat. (Camping here Friday night).
From Sheepyard Flat take Brocks Road (rough dirt track but still suitable for 2WD vehicles). Eight Mile Gap is reached after 19.5km from Sheepyard Flat; turn right at the gap and the road descends into the Jamieson River Valley. Once you are in the Valley is is approximately 3km to the Clear Creek Road turnoff on the right. Follow the side-road for 2.5km to where a 4WD track joins the road on the right, 14km from Eight Mile Gap. Leave vehicles here, or near the bridge over Clear Creek a little further on. You can also fill any water containers here before setting off.
Max elevation: 1694 m
Min elevation: 869 m
Total climbing: 1533 m
Total descent: -1533 m