The Mount Feathertop – North West 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.
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
This is a less frequently used route to Mt Feathertop. It is rough and very steep in places. Leave the Great Alpine Road at the Mountain Fresh Trout Farm, 6 km south of Harrietville. Cross the bridge and park your vehicle. Walk up the track beside Stony Creek avoiding private property by staying close to the creek. Within 0.5 km you come to sign marking the boundary of the Alpine National Park. The track crosses the creek twice before climbing steeply to the spur. The domed MUMC Hut is 7 km from the start of the walk. From here it is 2 km to the summit along a flat ridge and up a steep climb. Return via Bungalow Spur to Harrietville or retrace your steps.
Max elevation: 1897 m
Min elevation: 465 m
Total climbing: 1726 m
Total descent: -1727 m