King William Range from Guelph Basin
Summary A somewhat scrubby route with a serious climb of 400 metres to a lovely plateau
About 175k to Derwent Bridge
The route commences from a forestry road starting just after the Navarre River (approx. 9.6k from Derwent Bridge) and taking a right fork at 6.5k. At the end of this a logging track leads part way to the Guelph River and then through more bush to the lake shore of Guelph Basin, with just one short, but slow to cross, buttongrass plain. The GPS is invaluable in getting from the road to the lake and also for many other parts of the route.
If the lake level is below capacity it is straight forward to walk along the shore to the western end of Guelph Basin. From here there is buttongrass and scrub. The Divide Creek, for some of the way, has banks that give good walking conditions. A few crossings need to be made to get to the best banks and fortunately plenty of rocks allow these to be dry affairs. When the plain opens out there are plenty of wet areas with water filled holes.
The route to the northwestern corner of the plateau the follows a ridge that can be distinctly seen from the valley. The top half is not difficult to avoid any scrub although there is plentiful Bauera to walk through. The lower half shaded open forest prevails making progress easy.
It is about 7:30 walking time for the route.
Last Updated Friday, 19 April 2013
Start Point Logging road near Guelph River
Introduction Quite a hard walk with no markings
Hazards navigation and scrub
Route Conditions Rough
Route Grade Hard
Route Distance Klms 13
Time Hours 7:30 from car to top of edge of range