Aldebaran Western Arthur Range (bushwalking) Route Details

Route Description

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Introduction

Walk is quite strenuous and involves a significant 800 metre climb up a moraine. Quite a number of short cliff and rock ascents and descents are involved.

Conditions

Most of the walk is on track, although part is not if the short cut is used.

Hazards and warnings

Cliffs and several sharp ascents and descents on rock faces.

Detailed description

From Seven Mile Creek after crossing head south west (keeping between 2 creeks) over plains to foot of moraine.  It is distinctly marked.

The track is very boggy near Seven Mile Creek but becomes quite good once higher ground is reached. Kappa Moraine climb is in three steep sections with slightly lesser inclines between.  The Promontory junction is reached at the point between the two significant cliffs of Scorpio.  From here it drops down through a small creek, passing near Lake Vesta (small campsite) then down over steep ground to Lake Juno. A steady climb follows to Promontory Lake which should be followed on the eastern side to campsites at the southern end.  Space for about 10-15 tents.

The only water to be found is in the creek on eastern side at the base, but it is in a scrub belt and not easily reached.  Water should be carried.  Camping on plains is fairly rough.


However there is the option of cutting off some of this by leaving McKays track some 5 kilometres before Seven Mile Creek and crossing the creek higher up on the plains.  A second creek has also to be crossed.   Since the fires there is a lot of growing seedlings, so in time the ease of crossing over the plains might diminish.  Some tapes mark the crossing points.  The direct line option for the base of the moraine saves about 1 hour.  Camping could be made at the upper crossing of Seven Mile Creek as the understory is quite open.

It is tough climb up the moraine and camp can be made near the Vesta junction, closer to Vesta or near Sirona or Promontory Lake. 

The route to Promontory is fairly straight forward and clear to follow.  A small sharp descent is involved before Lake Juno. Carina Peak is a 30 minute climb from Promontory

In the other direction there is climb to the top of Moraine K then around the side high on Mt Scorpio over a lovely alpine plateau to Lake Sirona.  A small cliff has to be negotiated to reach the ridge above, and before the  top there are some rough steps in soil that are somewhat suspect in the long term.  The open ridge is followed before a craggy area where the track drops down to the eastern side before reaching the Haven saddle.

Mt Aldebaran is a 1 hour climb from the Haven saddle.

Narrative

Friday lunch time start with a camp at Two Mile Creek. Then followed a hard day, initially along the track before turning off to cross the Arthur Plains to the base of Kappa Moraine.  It was quite  a stiff climb up the steep side to the track then a  steady ascent to the Vesta junction where we set up tents, scoured the area for water and then set out to climb Carina Peak via Promontory lake.
It took almost 1:30  from Mckays track to the base and the same again to reach the junction.

It was quite a pleasant walk to Carina Peak with only a very short part of it having a scramble up a scrubby slope.  The views on the whole walk were quite superb and Promontory Lake glistened calmly in the still conditions.

The next day was the remainder of the climb up Kappa, an ascent of Mt Scorpio then over the simply lovely alpine plateau leading to Lake Sirona. A clamber up to a high ridge  followed. then the skirting of the rocky tors on the steep eastern side  before emerging at Haven saddle.
With such fine weather it was quite a simple task to get to the top of Mt Aldebaran, unlike the previous visit a year ago when mist and finally rain drove us back.

On return to the tents, we decided to descend to and camp on the Arthur Plains to reduce the length of the final day.  The inward route was retraced  and camp was made  at a spot among the regrowth beside Seven Mile Creek.  The benefits of descent were felt next day as the weather heated up quite a bit and it was handy to have a reduced distance to walk.

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