mt-howitt
  • Length: 14km

  • Duration: 5-6hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Mt Howitt Carpark

  • End: Mt Howitt Carpark

  • Closest Town: Licola

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 323km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.2050126864

  • Longitude: 146.6803489241

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Mount Howitt is a 14km, grade 4 Return hike located in Alpine National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5-6hrs to complete.

Summary

The Mount Howitt hike starts at the carpark on the Howitt Road, 81 km north of Licola via the Tamboritha Road. The first 5 km passes though pleasant Snow Gum woodlands and small, open snow grass plains. The memorial Vallejo Gantner Hut near Macalister Springs was built in 1970 as a refuge for bushwalkers. It has a unique copper clad inclined €˜A’ frame design.

Beyond the hut the track follows a narrow ridge, with spectacular views into the headwaters of the Macalister River (west) and Wonnangatta River – Terrible Hollow (east).

After a climb of 0.5 km the Australian Alps Walking Track is reached. Turn left, it is only a fairly short walk to the open rolling summit of Mt Howitt and Howitt West Peak. The view from here is one of the best in the Victorian Alps. Nearby is the jagged Cross Cut Saw, The Razor, The Viking and Mount Speculation, and in the distance Mount Buller to the west, Mount Buffalo to the north and Mount Feathertop to the north west.

Getting there

Drive to Licola and at the road junction near the bridge take the Tamboritha Road (don’t cross the bridge). You will drive past bush camp sites before the road will turn into a dirt road. 48km from Licola you will reach the Arbuckle Junction, turn left and follow Howitt Road for another 37km to the Mt Howitt Carpark.

 

Total distance: 7074 m
Max elevation: 1735 m
Min elevation: 1525 m
Total climbing: 332 m
Total descent: -208 m
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