Continuation from Collins Bonnet…
Date: 15th June 2019 – Summit: 1164m
Distance: 1.8km bike from East-West Track junction, 1.7km walk up and back the Trestle Mountain summit track.
Time taken: Under 2 hrs, though we spent a lot of time up the summit.
Difficulty: Easy, save for a bit of steep scrambling up the top of the summit track.
Type of track: Fire trail, single track.
Access from: We accessed the East-West Track from the Collins Cap track off Suhrs Road, Collinsvale. There are however numerous access points throughout Wellington Park – refer to the Wellington Park access map for more information.
Having made our way up the Collins Cap track (on bikes, somewhat stupidly) and successfully summited Collins Bonnet, we set our sights on Trestle Mountain, which lies barely 2km to the west. Its short, 600m summit track is accessed from the East-West Track, about 1.5km from the turn off with the Collins Cap track near where we’d left our bikes to summit Collins Bonnet on foot.
From the summit of Collins Bonnet I’d noted the well defined and not-quite-so-steep fire trail cut into the flank around Trestle Mountain, and hoped that some easier riding might be ahead to speed our progress and take some of the frustration out of the morning.
Alas, this wasn’t quite to be. While the changes in elevation weren’t quite as savage as the initial climb up past Collins Bonnet, there were still a number of steep pinches that, combined with the rough and rocky trail surface, didn’t lend themselves to particularly enjoyable riding. As such, it was almost a relief to soon come across the sign indicating the start of the trail up to Trestle Mountain and we could go out on foot again.
The actual track up to the summit is described as rough and steep and that’s a pretty fair description. Though clear and well marked the track is quite rocky and technical with numerous large boulders and other obstacles to climb over, and gains elevation quickly and relentlessly. Nonetheless, it was rather enjoyable looking back and taking in the increasingly dramatic views to the north and east as the elevation increased.
After some 200m of ascent the track soon turns sharply south-east as it rises over the ridge of Trestle Mountain itself. The expansive views looking over Hobart and the Huon Valley to the south that greeted us were fleeting, frustratingly, as low level cloud soon descended over the peak, bringing with it a pronounced drop in temperature and light drizzle. So typical of Tassie weather!
Undeterred, we made our way across the huge boulders that make up the ridgeline towards the summit, carefully negotiating a couple of fairly exposed sections now damp from the mist. We ended up taking a slight detour around a skinny section to avoid a sketchy area of damp, exposed rock, but eventually found our way to the highest point and claimed the summit! Second one bagged for the day 😀
From here it was simply a matter of retracing our steps back down the summit track to our bikes on the East-West Track, ready to attack Mt Marian…
Trip continues onto Mt Marian…