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Mt. Nicholas  - Sat. 9th April 2016

In a first for Boots 'n' All, on 9th April we will tackle Mt Nicholas in Tasmania's Northeast. This is a fairly short walk, less than 3 km return and will take us perhaps 3-4 hours in total depending on the group. An experienced walker could probably do the walk in 2 hours and would therefore regard it as easy. However the main climb is very steep, over small rocks which can be loose underfoot and which could be slippery if wet. There is no track. Some walkers may find it a challenge and will need to take extra care, especially when coming back down, which is why it is rated Easy-Medium.  We will be mostly in forest, however the peak itself is open and in good weather the views are quite good especially in the westerly direction.

Walk route:
The walk begins at a an altitude of a little over 600m, and climbs steeply for about 900m in a southeasterly direction over a cairned route, but off track, for about one hour to the top of the range at 840m. There we veer right and head roughly west for a further 400m along the broad ridge consisting of open forest walking to the high point of the range at 859m. After lunch on top we will return the same way.

Meeting Times and Places:

If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone Phil Andrew on 0408 014 757 or 6300 1067 to book in. The departure time is 8:30 am from Door of Hope carpark in South Launceston. Alternative meeting points could be arranged en route, such as Conara Junction at 9 am, or Avoca at 9.30 am. However, you still need to contact Phil, the walk leader, if intending to walk. The leader should be notified of any other people you intend to bring along. Please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of departure time.

To access this area from northern Tasmania: 
From Launceston, follow the Midland Highway 55km south to the junction of the Esk Main Road at Conara. Turn left and continue a further 54 km to Fingal. Continue east through Fingal and Esk Main Road for a further 13 km. Turn left into Mt Nicholas Rd. Follow this for 5 km, then turn right and follow good forest trails for 750 metres, then turn right and continue a further 1.25 km. We will park our cars there at an altitude of a little over 600m and begin our walk.
(Alternatively, from Launceston, proceed via St. Leonards [St. Leonards Rd and Blessington Rd] to Upper Blessington - about 51 km. At Upper Blessington, do not take the left turn, but go straight ahead on Roses Tier Rd, and follow up a winding ascent. After 9 km, turn right into Gunn's Rd. A further 8.5 km will bring you down to Upper Esk Rd. Turn right and continue east to Mathinna, a further 13 km. The section from Upper Blessington to Upper Esk Rd. is gravel, but should be suitable for 2WD cars. From Mathinna, continue east a further 6.5km and turn left into Evercreech Rd. After just under 2 km, turn right into Barnes Rd. After 6.5km, the road turns sharply south. Continue south then southeast [ the road at some point becomes Mt Nicholas Rd] for a further 8 km to reach a junction where you turn sharply north. You are now on the "good forest trails" mentioned above.)


Warnings:
Water!  It is unlikely that there will be any drinkable water on this walk, so please be sure to carry at least 1 litre in a sturdy bottle, and perhaps have some spare water to drink at the car when we get back.
Be aware of possible hazards such as insect bites and snakes. As we are well into autumn, prepare for a variety of weather conditions from warm and sunny to cold, wet and windy. Walking boots and gaiters are recommended. If you are unsure of equipment requirements, Visit the Boots N' All section of the sutas.org.au website per link below and read the guidelines for clothing and equipment.

If unsure of equipment requirements for bushwalking, see www.sutas.org.au/bush-walking/bush-walking for some guidelines.

Map details:

Mt. Nicholas: 1:100000 map is Tasmap 8514 (Break O'Day) and 1:25000 map is 5840 (Dublin Town)
Map references:
Short reference: 912003
Zone      Easting        Northing       Latitude        Longitude
55G       5 91 290      54 00 415    -41.54272     148.09449

Mt. Nicholas is worth 1 peakbagger point. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger's Guide (2000 revision) which can be downloaded (Excel) 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).