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  • Length: 45.7km

  • Duration: 2-3 days

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Harrietville

  • End: Harrietville

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Closest Town: Harrietville

  • Distance from CBD: 347km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -36.8969211

  • Longitude: 147.0663717

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Mount Feathertop - Bon Accord Spur is a 45.7km, grade 4 return hike, located in Alpine National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2-3 days to complete.

Hike Summary

This Mount Feathertop - Bon Accord Spur hike summits Mount Feathertop, the second highest mountain in Victoria and one of the most picturesque peaks in the state. It is linked to the nearby Mount Hotham ski resort by The Razorback, a high narrow ridge, but otherwise surrounded by steep slopes which continue right to the summit. Unlike most nearby mountains, Mount Feathertop has steep slopes right to the top and does not have the rounded summit dome that is typical of many nearby peaks.

Mount Feathertop is probably the most appealing peak in the high country. It provides terrific hiking in summer and in winter it is a great venue for mountaineering and extreme skiing. But be careful, as it averages a death per decade. Most deaths are in winter and most come from not treating cornices with the respect they deserve.

Overnight Camping

Continue 500m west along the Bungalow Spur Track from the junction of the Razorback Track to Federation Hut where you will find an open camping area and toilet facilities.

Water Procurement

Water can be found at a natural spring approximately 500m along the North West Spur Track from Feathertop Track. You will find it on the right hand side of the track.

Access and Trail Notes

The Bon Accord Spur was the route taken by walkers, horseriders and pack horses to Mount Hotham before the Great Alpine Road was built. Today it provides a pleasant walk to Mount Hotham, or it can be part of a route taking in the Razorback and Bungalow Spur. For this, an overnight camp would be necessary. Take the first left after the Snowline Hotel in Harrietville (towards Hotham). Drive along the road for 1 km to the signposted start of the walk. Follow the Ovens River - East Branch for 5 km. The steep climb up the spur starts from the bridge at Washington Creek. The Bon Accord Hut ruin is 9.5 km from the start of the track. From here it is 2 km up to the Razorback, then 0.5 km to the Great Alpine Road.

Maps

The most useful and accurate map is Mount Feathertop - Hotham 1:30,000. 2nd edition. Rooftop, 2009.

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.

GPX File

Total distance: 45776 m
Max elevation: 1898 m
Min elevation: 528 m
Total climbing: 2790 m
Total descent: -2790 m
Download file: Mount Feathertop - Bon Accord Spur.gpx

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36 thoughts on “Mount Feathertop – Bon Accord Spur (45.7km)

    1. A quick out and back – we would need to stay up there somewhere to get an early start – or just walk back in the dark – not such a scary thought these days 🙂

    1. Ana Knight we did it late March as we were camped at Harrietville over Easter. We did the shorter day walk which from memory is about 16km one way. Started on the Razor Back and veered off on to the Bon Accord track down into Harrietville. Great day but it was still a challenge though!

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