It’s Snoooooooow Time! 2019 08 10 north peak

North Peak, Mt Richmond Forest Park – Saturday 10 August 2019

Originally the plan was for an overnight trip to Hunters Hut, but a dire weather forecast and subsequent lack of enthusiasm saw the trip altered to a Saturday hike from Inwood Lookout.

Even then, a showery forecast saw only four enthusiastic souls venture out. What a shame as we had a super day. Yes, there was some precipitation, but as we gained altitude, the intermittent showers fell as snow - much nicer.

Leaving the carpark, we briefly travelled through beech forest, before emerging into the sub-alpine scrub. Before long, the scrub receded as we climbed, and the patchy snow on the ground changed to deeper snow. It wasn’t icy so no ice-axes were required; our walking poles sufficed. The terrain wasn’t difficult either, with only one short scrambly bit followed by a steepish sidle - actually easier in winter than in summer.

Once at the North Peak summit junction (right to Gordons Knob, left to Hunters Hut), the skies cleared and the views opened up. Patches of blue sky brightened the vistas of ridgelines and forest, reaching all the way to the coast. It made the climb and dampness worthwhile, as we happily cracked open our thermoses and munched our well-earned chocolate.

After the high point, we retraced our tracks back to the carpark. In all, our walk in the Mt Richmond Snow Park was four hours. The group consisted of Diane (leader and scribe), Pete, Colin, and Karen (visitor).