mt-Difficult
  • Length: 23.3km

  • Duration: 7hrs

  • Grade: 3-4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Troopers Creek Camp Ground

  • End: Troopers Creek Camp Ground

  • Location: Grampians National Park

  • Closest Town: Halls Gap

  • Distance from CBD: 275km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.016825

  • Longitude: 142.426147

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Mount Difficult - Briggs Bluff is a 23.3km, grade 3-4 circuit hike, located in the Grampians National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Mount Difficult - Briggs Bluff circuit takes you to the summit of Mt Difficult from Troopers Creek, The hike is tough but rewarding. The loop around to Briggs Bluff via Long Point is also beautiful - a very rewarding hike. The Mount Difficult - Briggs Bluff trail ascends the cliff face of Mt Difficult for 470m. The climb is a long and steep. (which is assume is where the 'difficult' comes in). From Mt Difficult, circuit out to Long Point and around to Briggs Bluff, then back to Mt Difficult before returning to your cars.

About the region

Renowned for rugged mountain ranges, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenic views, the 168,000 hectare park is ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities. The many walking tracks will take you on a journey to waterfall vistas, ancient geological rock features and forests. There are guided tours, and with a large network of roads available, car touring is a great way to explore. Renowned as the major attraction in the region, the Grampians National Park is a must-visit destination for all travellers, backpackers and day-trippers in Victoria. The spectacular setting of the mountainous landscape boasts a wide array of attractions and activities for visitors to the region. The Grampians National Park (also Gariwerd), commonly referred to as The Grampians, is a national park located in the Grampians region of Victoria, Australia. The 167,219-hectare (413,210-acre) national park is situated between Stawell and Horsham on the Western Highway and Dunkeld on the Glenelg Highway, 260 kilometres west of Melbourne and 460 kilometres east of Adelaide.

Getting there

Take the Western Highway from Melbourne through Ararat and Stawell, turning left onto Roses Gap Road near the small town of Dadswells Bridge. The small parking area on the left not long after you pass the intersection with Mount Zero Road is the end of the walk - Troopers Creek is another 7 1/2 km further on.

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Total distance: 23352 m
Max elevation: 782 m
Min elevation: 331 m
Total climbing: 1435 m
Total descent: -1435 m
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77 thoughts on “Mount Difficult – Briggs Bluff (23.3km)

    1. Ooopps sorry. I meant the walk via Beehive Falls to Mt Difficult and Briggs Bluff is open. This is the option we did in April. 6 hours 45 min all up including lunch. Also did Briggs Bluff again 10 days ago. No other people on the walk! Mind you it was a bit cold!

    1. Plan for 28th – 30th Dec? or early Jan before our squeaky beach trip? We’ll find somewhere cheap to stay at. I’ll ask others at work lol

    1. Trail Hiking Australia The Grampians Peaks Trail will bring a new alignment and access option for the whole Mt difficult/ Briggs bluff area. ?

  1. Instead of looping back, you can also hike from briggs bluff down to beehive falls carpark and back to troopers via roses gap rd , about 6km, but its all uphill.

  2. The Troopers Creek Campground is open and looking in really neat and tidy condition. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the trailhead from the campground, so ended up starting from the Beehive Falls carpark.

    A return trip Beehive Falls carpark to Mt. Difficult is about 6.5 hours there and back (~18km); about 3.5 hours there and 3 hours back. It’s about 1 hour 45 minutes to get up to the fork in the path (left for Briggs Bluff, right for Mt. Difficult).

    For the final ascent up to Mt. Difficult survey marker, be careful as the yellow-triangle markers are very hard to spot, and it’s easy to get lost. Just keep heading “up” and you should eventually make it to the top for a great 365 degree view over the Grampians.

    Best not to do this trek in summer, as it’s really exposed with little shade along most of the route.

    1. To correct myself above, to confirm, the Troopers Creek trail is still closed. Trail signage from Parks Victoria up on Mount Difficult state it’s closed.

  3. I went to do this hike in 7/2020 but the starting point is closed and not accessible (theres a wooden sign on the side of the road oppositie where the access point used to be). It looked as though the original camp site was planted over. This also closes access to Talwinda Falls. Troopers Ck Camp Ground is about 5km further north and the trail up to the eacarpment is still in place but currently closed due to Grampians Peak Trail work. I found the trail and followed it briefly but turned around at the fences.

  4. Yeah, this one was closed as a result of fires and Parks Vic don’t seem to have the funds or interest to reopen it. They started repairing the trail and did so, half way up the escarpment and then stopped for some reason. No idea why, maybe funding went to something more touristy like the Grampians Peaks Trail

    1. Darren Edwards Tourist’s ain’t coming back for a while. Parks better get a move on getting Australians out and about again!

    2. Susan Love I don’t think Parks really have much of a voice. I am fairly certain they are told what to do by tourism Vic. That’s where the money is apparently

    3. Susan Love I think we will find that tourism Vic gets a huge financial boost to their budget as they need to reignite that sector once this is all over. So more money to tourism, less to recreational hikers and the areas we explore

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