Grasstree Hill (bushwalking) Route Details

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Introduction

A steepish walk partly off track

Detailed description

One option is follow up Catchpole Gully but take the left (lower) road at a junction as the upper one is blocked by a fence (you can always hop over the fences though)
The more enjoyable way is to head off the main Risdon Brook circuit track after the prominent bay and where a offshoot track leads to a gate.   Once over the gate it just a matter of following the mostly distinct old vehicle track to a junction with a higher grade track then turn east then on arrival at a fence follow a rougher vehicle track steeply uphill.  This ends at the top of the hill and from then on it a matter of picking the easiest route to the over to a fence line and eventually up to the Grasstree summit.  A vehicle track heads north then west and on leaving the track head south over the hilltops to another rough vehicle track.  This eventually leads to the north western end of Risdon Brook Dam.

Narrative

On this walk we left the main Risdon Brook circuit track after the prominent bay and where a offshoot track leads to a gate.   Once over the gate it was just a matter of following the mostly distinct old vehicle track to a junction with a higher grade track.   Earlier we had heard trail bikes in the distance but were quite surprised when two bikes appeared along the way we had come, they headed off downhill in the opposite direction to us.
From the junction we turned east then on arrival at a fence followed a rougher vehicle track steeply uphill where it ended at the top of the hill and from then on it was a matter of picking the easiest route to the over to a fence line and eventually up to the Grasstree summit.  A vehicle track headed north then west and on leaving this track we headed south over the hilltops to reach another rough vehicle track but it would appear if we had continued for another 80-100 metres we would have got onto a better track that would take us out.  However the one we took was fine and eventually lead to the north western end of Risdon Brook Dam.

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