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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tanglefoot Walking Track, Quarry Road South Section, Toolangi State Forest

The Tanglefoot Walking Track is an 18 km route in the Toolangi State Forest, 60 km north of Melbourne.

It consists of four sections - Myrtle Gully Track, Quarry Rd, and the new Tanglefoot Track.

Some parts follow old forest/logging roads, and snowfalls can occur in winter.

Quarry Rd is a gated 5 km 4WD track, following the Sylvia Creek Gully from Monda Rd in the south to the old quarry at the Wirrawilla Rainforest Reserve in the north.

This road passes beautiful ferns, and through Mountain Ash forests, mainly regrowth from the 1939 fires.

Stumps from logging of the early 1900s may be seen along the road.

The surface of Quarry Rd is formed of material extracted from the Quarry, and is still in reasonable condition. It is maintained by DSE as a fire-management track.

I walked the 5 km (return) southern section of Quarry Rd on June 16, 2008, to the accompaniment of the calls of Black Cockatoos and Whipbirds.

I started and finished my hike at Mt St Leonard, at the junction of Monda Rd.

I had done the northern sector of Quarry Rd on the previous day.

There is a change in altitude from 939m at Mt St Leonard, to 790m where I turned around.

I have now completed the entire Tanglefoot Walking Track - actually 40 km return! Success!

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