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Climbing Cradle Mountain – wow, what views!

29 December 2010 2 Comments

Cradle Mountain SummitClimbing Cradle Mountain while visiting the National Park is a goal for many visitors to Tasmania. At 1,545 metres above sea level it is a challenging day walk for many visitors exploring the area.

The mountain is composed of dolerite columns, similar to many of the other’s in this World Heritage area. It is a strenuous (recommended time: 6.5 hours) return hike from the Dove Lake car park.

The climb up the rocky part of the mountain involves scrambling over large boulders for several hundred metres. It can be a tough scramble and should only be attempted by fit and well prepared day hikers. The entire climb is exposed to any bad weather that may arrive quickly and at any time. Please heed any weather warnings and keep a keen eye out for any weather fronts (dark cloud) threatening from the west (towards Dove Lake and beyond)

From the summit, (where there was a trig point tower, pictured above) there are spectacular 360° views, encompassing Dove Lake, Barn Bluff and Mount Ossa. You can also see the start of the world famous Overland Track heading off into the distance.

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Video: Nickgaddum

Image: Adam Holbrook

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  • Greenie said:

    I haven’t climbed many mountains. In fact this would have been the highest. Well worth it! Can’t wait to do it again. Good Advice there about the weather

  • Georgie said:

    Thanks for the video look from Cradle, as have walked the OT twice but not physically capable of going up to the summit of Cradle. You had a great day, the views go forever. Thanks.

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