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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mt Pilot Lookout Walking Track, Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park

The Mt Pilot Lookout Walking Track is a 1 km (return) climb in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, 275 km NE of Melbourne, south of the small town of Chiltern.

This large Park is 21,565 ha, and protects a vast forest which contains a diverse range of natural and historic landscapes.

It's a remnant of of a forest type (Box-Ironbark) which was once much more widespread in Victoria. It is made up of Grey Box, White Box, Red Box and Mugga Ironbark, as well as Red Stringybark and Blakeley's Redgum.

This forest originally consisted of large well-spaced trees and a grassy floor. The discovery of gold in 1858 resulted in destruction of many of the trees to supply timber for the mines and firewood for local people. Now, the vegetation is mainly regrowth and the trees are mostly young - less than 60 years old, straight and relatively close together.

The Lookout Track is reached from the Chiltern-Beechworth Rd, turning off at the Old Coach Rd, then to the Mt Pilot Summit Picnic Area car park. It is then a short walk to the Lookout up a formed track.

The Mt Pilot summit is at 545 m, with 360 degree views across the surrounding countryside, with Mt Buffalo clearly visible on the southern horizon.

A stone cairn is at the summit, showing distances to various mountain peaks.

Nearby is the fire spotting tower.

With friend Mick, I visited this spectacular Lookout on December 14, 2008.

See the full set of Photos of our trip

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