Lake Nameless – Sat. 8th May 2021

May brings shorter days, but often sparkling, beautiful, frosty but sunny days on the Central Plateau. This walk takes you up Higgs Track, high above the fogs and mists, past Lady lake (well known for its comfortable hut), and then south into a land of lakes and peaks and areas of open alpine vegetation. Sights should include Panorama Hill, Lake Lucy Long and Lake Weston with views east to Mt. Ironstone and south to Forty Lakes Peak.
Walk Route:
The climb from the car park to Lady Lake rises 500 metres over about 2 km on a well-formed but steep track. Heading south past Lady Lake Hut, the track rises a further 90m over the next km or so before levelling out at about 1200 metres for the continuation south towards Lake Nameless. 3.5 km from the hut will bring you to Lakes Lucy Long and Weston on either side of the track, with a little over 1 km further to the northern end of Lake Nameless. If time, weather and energy levels permit, Ironstone Hut at the southern end of the lake, nestled under Forty Lakes Peak, would be the ultimate destination, 6.5 km from Lady Lake and a little under 2 km from the northern end of the lake. The return trip follows the same route. Due to the distances, this walk is rated medium-hard, and should only be attempted by well-equipped, fit and energetic walkers who are familiar with alpine track conditions. Walkers must be fully prepared for poor weather. Please see the warnings below.

Lake Nameless looking north with Ironstone Mountain on right

Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leader, John Tabor, ph. 0475 566 389 to book in. The departure time is 7:00 am from the Door of Hope Church car park, Launceston. Suggested meeting places if coming from elsewhere are at the Deloraine train park at 7:35 am or Dale Brook Rd. turnoff at 8:00 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 must be notified of any other people you intend to bring along.

To access this area from northern Tasmania: From Launceston, proceed along the Bass Highway to Deloraine (about 51 km). Follow the off-ramp into Deloraine and when crossing the bridge, turn right at roundabout to enter the “train park” car park. (If you were not meeting the group there, you would not turn off at the eastern exit into Deloraine. Instead, continue across Meander R. and uphill to the western exit, and to the roundabout at start of Mole Creek Rd.) After leaving the train park, follow the main street uphill through Deloraine to reach the large roundabout. Turn left into Mole Creek Rd. and go about 8 km before turning left into Dairy Plains Rd. Go all the way through Dairy Plains Rd. (several right hand turns and 2 junctions where you need to follow the signs). When you arrive at the T junction with Western Creek Rd, turn right and 800m further on, turn left up Westrope Rd. Go more or less straight for 4 km south, to reach the junction of Dale Brook Rd. which turns off to the right. The car park for the walk is about 500 metres from Westrope Rd. Westrope Rd. is all gravel, and somewhat degraded in parts, but should be accessible for 2WD vehicles with reasonable clearance.

Warnings:
  The following codes [from our 2021 walks calendar] apply:
     M   Marshy or muddy sections – be prepared to walk with wet feet.
    S    Steep incline for at least part of the way
    E     Exposed alpine conditions ; can be dangerous in poor weather if not adequately equipped.
Click this link for a more detailed discussion of Preparation, Food and Safety guidelines for Boots N’ All walks.
Map details:
Western Creek/Higgs Track area: 1:100000 map is Mersey (Tasmap 8114) and 1:25000 map for the area is Lake Mackenzie (TasMap 4438).
Map reference: (northern end of Lake Nameless)
Short ref. n/a
Zone      Easting        Northing    Latitude      Longitude
55G 4 53 180 53 81 892

No peakbagger points will be visited on this walk. 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.For GPX (.gpx) and Google Earth (.kml) versions of the track: Click here to browse our collection.
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