We last walked this trail, which was only recently built, in May last year. Some of us had missed that chance, so Bob picked it for this month's outing. It was a nice day for a walk, clear but cool, with the weather gods threatening a range of temperatures and moisture levels :). It feels like the end of March has definitely brought Autumn.
Di, Robert, Bob and Lyn met at the commuter transit hub/carpark at the "Fork in the Road" roundabout in Kingston at 9.30am. It took about an hour to drive to Randall's Bay, just east of Cygnet. New steps to the track up into Echo Sugarloaf State Reserve leave the road a little way up the hill, and we managed to find a space on the edge of the road to park on.
This RideWithGPS record of our walk is a little misleading - we actually started the track (and finished) where the red finish icon is.
The return walk is about 5km, it took us about an hour and a half.
It was a lovely walk, along well made trails, through lovely typical dry East Coast bushland. There was a steady rise (as you can see!), but it was barely noticeable. Possibly because we were chatting all the way (as usual).
The local coastcare group have done a great job acquiring the land through crowdfunding and creating the trail. They aim to extend the walk into a loop, if and when additional funds come along.
At the summit we stopped for a drink and a snack, and to try and identify the bays lying in front of us. Then we headed back down again before cooling down too much.
Reaching the car again, we drove back along the beach and enjoyed our packed lunch in the picnic area.
Then we had time for a short walk (only 1km) around the headland in the direction of the Mickeys Bay trail.
Take this trail for lovely windswept views over the Huon River. The rock scramble we chose on the return leg offered a little more challenge!
Thanks Bob for organising this, and for being our excellent chauffeur on the day. It was another great day out with good friends in beautiful unspoilt Tasmanian nature.