We started the "Summit Hike" from the "Monument" (a monument to WWII diggers) at the foot of the mountain near Melrose, in the early afternoon. The walk was quite easy - definitely not steep - and at a leisurely pace it took us around two and half hours to get to the summit. There isn't a terrific view from the summit, because of the surrounding trees. The old survey trig is still there, as well as an enormous cairn.
Interesting stuff on the way up included: large scree slopes which are quite impressive in their scale, expansive views across Willochra Plain and Melrose, and the wreckage of a light airplane that crashed in 1980 trying to land in fog. We wondered why the wreckage was never removed.
|View of Melrose and Willochra Plain|
We camped at the "Summit Camp", which is 5 minutes walk from the actual summit. The camp site is nothing special, just a big clearing along a fire trail which includes a small water tank for campers. We liked it. Being Winter, it was bitterly cold (for us mild climate people). Sunrise was a nice site.
|Summit camp at sunrise|
Some more photos here.