Pyrete-Range
  • Length: 14.1km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Pyrete Range car park

  • End: Pyrete Range car park

  • Closest Town: Bacchus Marsh

  • Location: Lerderderg State Park

  • Distance from state capital: 60km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.580918

  • Longitude: 144.507757

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Pyrites Creek Circuit is a 14.1km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Lerderderg State Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Summary

The Pyrites Creek Circuit negotiates a scenic section of the the Pyrites Creek Gorge and includes the historic Drapers Lode Antimony Mine. The Pyrete Range is a recent addition to the Lerderderg State Park. Pyrites Creek winds its way through the range before flowing into the nearby Merrimu Reservoir.

Tips

I would rate this a moderate hike during dry months when there is no water in Pyrites Creek as 5km of this trail require you to negotiate a trail along the creek or walk up the creek bed. During wet months I would rate this as a difficult hike.

Poles are useful in the creek bed, particularly after rain when the rocks will be very slippery.

The presence of Cinnamon Fungus poses a serious threat to flora and fauna of the park. This microscopic pathogen attacks plant root systems causing die-back. Patches of dead or dying vegetation can indicate the presence of the fungus and grass trees are particularly susceptible. The disease is spread through the movement of contaminated soil and gravel and there is no known cure.

Help to minimise the spread of this disease through the park by remaining on formed tracks at all times. All soil should be removed from footwear prior to entering and leaving the Park using a 70% methylated spirits/water solution and a sturdy brush.

 

Total distance: 14158 m
Max elevation: 358 m
Min elevation: 230 m
Total climbing: 371 m
Total descent: -370 m
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