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Friday, June 30, 2006

The Alpina Track - Mt. Evelyn Forest















I had been waiting for a sunny day to do the Alpina Track, which is given a "challenging" rating by Parks Victoria!

Such a day happened on June 29, 2006, so I headed out to the Mt. Evelyn section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

After completing that ascent, I now know why it has been given that rating!

This 2 km shared track runs between the Pipeline Track (also known as the Olinda Creek Walking Track) in the north, and Richardson's Track (in the south).

Most of the 2 km is up a 1:4 slope, recently graded with loose stones and passes through interesting/unusual forest, which Parks Vic says is unique to this region.

The track flattens out after reaching the top of the ridgeline, where it joins Richardson's Track.

The journey continued down the very steep Richardson's Track until it reached Angle Track, and from there back down to the Pipeline Track.

The views from Richardson's Track across to the Yarra Ranges are superb.

The total distance was about 5 km.

Completion of these tracks means that I have done all of the main walks in the Mt. Evelyn Section of the Park - I still have to do couple of small tracks near the Silvan Reservoir.

The photoalbum is at http://worldisround.com/edit/new/368060/index.html



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