The Mount Feathertop – The Razorback 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.
Overnight hike for kids
This makes an excellent overnight hike for kids as is is not overly challenging and will give them a taste of the Victorian Alps. While there are a few steep sections, they are not long. Federation Hut (the overnight camp), has a wood fire and water tank, and there are plenty of great campsites outside – no camping is allowed inside the hut. There is also a composting toilet nearby.
The most useful and accurate map is Mt Feathertop – Hotham 1:30,000. 2nd edition. Rooftop, 2009.
Access and Trail Notes
The Razorback Walking Track beings at Diamantina Hut, 2.5 km on the Harrietville side of the Hotham Village. It crosses the high ridge linking Mt Hotham and Mt Feathertop. The route is generally above the tree line so you will enjoy excellent views most of the way. The ridge is very exposed and should be not be crossed in unsettled or bad weather. The junction with the Bungalow Spur Track is 1.5 km from the summit at a site called The Cross. The final climb to the top is steep but well worth the effort. Return by the same route or, if you have made suitable transport arrangements, walk down to Harrietville via the Bungalow Spur Tack.
Max elevation: 1897 m
Min elevation: 1608 m
Total climbing: 930 m
Total descent: -930 m