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Monday, June 02, 2008

Monda Dugout Track,east of Mt St Leonard

The Monda Dugout Track forms part of the Australian National Trail, and is a 2 km route high up on the Monda Track, reaching 1005m, about 60 km north of Melbourne.

The highest peaks are nearby Mt St Leonard (1010m), Mt Tanglefoot (1005m), Mt Monda (905m), and Mt Archer (925m).

The route starts east of the gated Mt St Leonard Lookout track on Monda Rd, climbs steeply to the view point at 1005m, then descends steeply, ending at the Monda Dugout, at the junction of Hardy Creek Rd and Monda Rd.

The track is part of the 20 km firebreak, which links Myers's Creek Rd with the Dom Dom Saddle.
The track passes through a region which was subject to extensive uncontrolled logging in the early 1900s - big stumps remain next to the track, with saw cuts visible.

The track is part of the boundary between the Yarra Ranges National Park (Melbourne Water's Maroondah Catchment Region) and the Toolangi State Forest.

There are some nice views from the high point towards Mt Tanglefoot and the extrensive pine plantations to the east in the Narbethong region.

I hiked this interesting track on June 1, 2008.

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