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If you’re trying to get to the summit do not follow the trail that AllTrails has posted in here (as of March 2018). You’d be better suited to take the shuttle (or your car if you get to the park early enough -before 7 am) to the Dove Lake stop. I took the Dove Lake Circuit clockwise to Hanson’s Peak (steep with chains but a gorgeous route) you’ll see white poles with red reflectors on them that’s the route. Continue onto the Face Track (pretty strenuous) which will take you to the Cradle Mountain Summit Track. The summit track starts with stairs but takes you to bouldering and climbing. It is not for the inexperienced scrambler. There are parts that are tough alone (if you have short legs) but doable. Sometimes using your knee to prop you up is best. After you’re done with the summit and head down the Overland Track to the Dove Lake Alternate Route (steep with somewhat unnecessary chains). You’ll be back at the bottom and go past the well-known boat shed. It’s beautiful and I would highly recommend it.


Great veiws!

3 months ago

A mix of boardwalks and trail, plenty of good views.

Just stunning, even in the rain!

We drove from Launceston at 3.30am to catch the sunrise at dove lake. Although it was a misty morning with a lot of cloud cover we were still taken back by the quiet and stillness of the lake. We began the circuit at 7am with the whole track to ourselves. Small areas of snow had not melted yet and created a light white blanket in areas over the mossy green! it truely was a magical morning and we felt like the only people in the word. I highly recommend making tye effort to escape those warm beds in the early morning and heading up the mountain to view its beauty in a quiet stillness. 10/10!!

7 months ago


Very slippery due to lots of leaf litter at this time of year, take it slow coming down the last part after button grass plain

I hiked Cradle Mountain in early-January and it remains my favorite hike in the whole world. I did (I think) a slightly different route than is indicated here (my route: started at Ronny Creek, Overland Track, Marions Lookout, kitchen hut, Summit Track, Face Track, Lake Rodway Track, and ended at Dove Lake). Bring clothes for both hot and cold weather as the temperature changes just as drastically as the terrain. The variety is what appealed to me most, with the Summit Track being my highlight. As someone else mentioned, the summit portion is basically rock climbing and can be very daunting. Give yourself plenty of time and barrel through the fear. The top is extraordinary. I did it alone, but HIGHLY discourage that (just the Summit Track; the remaining loop is doable solo). There are multiple spots, especially near the summit, where I had to jump up to grab a ledge and hoist myself up (not so gracefully) or precariously straddle a crevice -- a helping hand or boost would have made all the difference. People are extremely friendly and encouraging and likely would have helped me, but I hit the summit late afternoon (3ish) and found myself alone at the top where it's most difficult to navigate. I almost missed the last shuttle at Dove Lake, practically running at the end... Clearly others knew to hit the summit earlier. See my photos for proof of the summit insanity.

Easy at first but the last mile is rock climbing

Sunday, December 18, 2016

One of my favourite hikes.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Spectacular walk. Relentless climb up to Mt Eliza, but brilliant alpine moor walking on top. Some serious rock hopping as you approach the summit block with a non technical climb with some exposure.

I have also done it as part of the Mt Anne circuit, possibly the best high alpine walk in Australia

1 month ago

7 months ago

Sunday, January 01, 2017