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Mt. Montgomery – Sat. 13th June 2015

With winter closing in, the more remote highland peaks are less inviting (but beautiful for those who can get there), so we move much closer to the coast. Mt. Montgomery is the northernmost peak of the Dial Range, and very close to Penguin. In good weather, it offers expansive views of the northwest coast, as far east as the Tamar and beyond. A short walk for a winters day, there will be time for coffee in Penguin afterwards for those inclined.

The walk begins at a side road from Ironcliffe Rd, about 2.5 km south of Penguin and follows Myrtle Creek south for several hundred metres before climbing more steeply to the summit, which is 470m above sea level. An old vehicular trail will be followed south from near the summit, before heading west and again north to rejoin the Myrtle Creek track. Total gain of altitude from car is 326m, and distance is just over 2km each way, with the round trip taking about 3 hours including stops and lunch break.

This walk is rated "easy-medium" and is suitable for walkers, including energetic children, who can cope with steep and rocky tracks. Being winter, walkers must be fully prepared for poor weather. Please see the warnings below.


Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leaders, John & Pamela Tabor, ph.  [removed]  to book in. The departure time is 8:30am from the Door of Hope Church car park, Launceston. Suggested meeting place if coming from elsewhere is the big penguin (statue) in the main street of Penguin at 10 am.

If you would like to arrange to meet the group at these places or elsewhere, please arrange with the leader, and please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of the listed time.
The leader should always be notified of any other people you intend to bring along, and you should always contact the walk leader if intending to participate in a particular Boots N' All walk.


To access this area from northern Tasmania: From Launceston, proceed along the Bass Highway, through Devonport, past Ulverstone, to Penguin – 130 km – allow about 90 minutes. Unless you have taken the scenic coastal route from Ulverstone, the highway will bring you to the hills high above the south of Penguin, so take the off-ramp for Penguin, and when you reach Main Road, turn right to drive along the foreshore to the penguin statue. After leaving the statue, continue east 30 metres or so and turn hard right into Crescent St. and then left at “The Rock” community church into Ironcliffe Rd. See details above for further directions.

Warnings:
  The following codes [from our 2015 walks calendar] apply:
    D    Drive distance requires early departure
    S    Steep incline for at least part of the way
  
If you are unsure of equipment requirements, Visit the Boots N' All section of the sutas.org.au website per link below and read "Clothing suggestions for exposed conditions"

Map details:
Mt. Montgomery: 1:100000 map is Forth (Tasmap 8115) and 1:25000 map for upper area is Ulverstone (TasMap 4244).
Map reference:
Short ref. n/a
Zone      Easting        Northing    Latitude      Longitude
55G        4 21 570    54 44 070  -41.15090    146.06531

There are no peakbagger points for the area covered by this walk. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be found and downloaded (as an Excel spreadsheet) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm  The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.
GPX version of the track: Click here to download. Google Earth version of the track: Click here to download.
Right-click on the file and “save target as” to a location of your choice. (Suggest you click the “Last modified” at top to sort by date to get the most recent at top to find the file for the next walk).

When you have downloaded the track file, double-clicking on the Google Earth (kml) track should open Google Earth and zoom in to the location if you have Google Earth installed on your computer. The .gpx version of the track should import into mapping software or devices that support gpx tracks and waypoints.