Mt Bogong Backpacking Grade 4, 20 km return

From November 07, 2020 9:00 am until November 08, 2020 2:30 pm
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Length: 18km return hike to cleave Cole memorial hut,  Mt Bogong summit and an additional 2km hike for side trip to Howman gap falls. 

  • ·Duration: 2 days
  • ·Grade: 4
  • ·Start: meet  at Dis cottage kiewa valley highway,  tawonga sth 
  • Time: 9am
  • ·End: Return to tawonga sth 
  • ·Closest Town: Tawonga
  • ·Location: Alpine National Park
  • ·State: VIC

Mount Bogong 


At 1986 metres high, Mt Bogong is Victoria’s tallest mountain.

This is a challenging hike that should not be underestimated.

Overnight Camping - this an overnight camp at

  • ·Cleve Cole Memorial Hut, approximately 4km south of the summit  This is a small hut with pit toilet. Solidly built lodge with typical basic high country hut facilities including wood fired heating, shared sleeping quarters and a few which go beyond the norm including running water (assuming the stream is running). Not very light inside but definitely snug and a safe port in any storm

Note: Huts in alpine areas are intended for emergency use only and you should not plan to sleep in them or use the emergency firewood.

Walkers must be self-sufficient with food, water, first aid and camping gear,

Getting there - From Melbourne, drive to the small town of Tawonga (4km north of Mt Beauty). From Tawonga, Mountain Creek Roads heads east for 10.5km to the camping area of mountain creek. There are pleasant campsites and a pit toilet here.

Mt Bogong via Granite Flat Spur Walking Track (Alpine National Park)

Granite Flat Walking Track is the shortest route to the summit of Mt Bogong. A four-wheel drive is needed to access the trailhead which starts at the end of the Granite Flat Vehicle track. It is a steep walk over rocky ground to the summit of Mt Bogong

Mandatory gear - for Alpine hiking – head light, Rain gear, thermal top, sun hat, beanie, gloves, map, space blanket, extra snacks, personal first aid, water purification tablets

Mobile phone reception – Reception in spots

Track Description – Steep, Rocky, Rocky steps, loose leaves/sticks, exposed on summit, not all track is sign posted. The exposed treeless plain of the summit offers little shelter in poor weather. Strong winds, fog, freezing temperatures, rain and snow are all common at this altitude. Navigation can be extremely difficult in these conditions so we will turn back at the tree line if conditions are poor or deteriorating.

Total distance: 21402 m
Max elevation: 1975 m
Min elevation: 595 m
Total climbing: 1530 m
Total descent: -1530 m


Be Prepared - This hike requires that you have a sufficient level of equipment (in good working order), fitness and self-reliance.