The Mount Feathertop – Bungalow Spur hike summits Mt Feathertop, the second highest mountain in Victoria and one of the most picturesque peaks in the state. It is linked to the nearby Mt 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, Mt Feathertop has steep slopes right to the top and does not have the rounded summit dome that is typical of many nearby peaks.
Mt 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.
The most useful and accurate map is Mt Feathertop – Hotham 1:30,000. 2nd edition. Rooftop, 2009.
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.
If you are planning on camping overnight 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.
Access and Trail Notes
The Bungalow Spur Track is the most popular approach to Mt Feathertop. It is well graded and sheltered for most of its length. To reach the start of the track, turn left off the Great Alpine Road at Harrietville, just before the school bridge over the Ovens River. Follow the road for 0.5 km to the parking area and notice board.
The track was built for pack horses and tractors that serviced the hotel that used to be near the top of the spur, so it’s relatively easy going. The modern Federation Hut at the top of Bungalow Spur is large, clean, roomy and well insulated. The stove will keep the hut warm all night as long as both doors are kept shut.
Max elevation: 1897 m
Min elevation: 571 m
Total climbing: 1730 m
Total descent: -1730 m