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Best trails in Cathedral Range State Park, Australia

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Looking for a great trail in Cathedral Range State Park, Victoria? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in Cathedral Range State Park ranging from 0.6 to 12.2 miles and from 1,197 to 3,067 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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The Cathedral Range is a spectacular seven kilometer ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock. A variety of walking tracks ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging offer the opportunity to explore the park’s main features and climb the peaks to enjoy views of the forests and farmland in the valley below.

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#1 - Sugarloaf Peak and South Jawbone Peak Loop
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
The Cathedral Range is a spectacular ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock. A variety of walking tracks ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging offer the opportunity to explore the park’s main features and climb the peaks to enjoy views of the forests and farmland in the valley below. This hike explores the southern circuit of the range taking in Wells Cave, Sugarloaf Peak, The Farmyard and South Jawbone. Commencing at Cooks Mill make your way in a southerly direction along the well formed Tween Spur Road. After a short distance of easy walking you will reach the Messmate Track to your right. The Messmate Track winds its way across several wooded gullies connecting the Sugarloaf Saddle visitor area with Cooks Mill Heritage Site and camping area. It is quite a pleasant section of the hike and you will experience a gradual ascent until you reach Sugarloaf Saddle. From the car park you have two options in order to gain Sugarloaf Peak. You can continue along to Razorback Track which passes through attractive open forest to the start of a rocky ridge. This trail climbs the very crest of this ridge to Sugarloaf Peak. The alternative, and route for this hike is to take the lesser traveled Wells Cave track. This is recommended for experienced hikers only as it is extremely steep in places, requires a lot of rock scrambling and unassisted climbing and traverses some exposed ledges en-route. While this track can be challenging in places you will be rewarded with a real sense of adventure and in my opinion is well worth the effort provided you have a head for heights. On reaching Sugarloaf Peak you will be rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of the valley and ranges below. From Sugarloaf Peak, the trail continues north, gradually ascending along the rocky and narrow 'Razorback'. There is a lot of rock hoping, scrambling and abrupt drops along the way. The going is fairly straightforward and the trail easy to follow (just stick to the ridge). Make sure you take the time to stop and appreciate the views as they truly are spectacular. After some distance, the trail becomes easier and the rocky ridge is replaced by open woodland. Soon after this a junction is reached as you arrive at the open grassy flat called The Farmyard. This is a great spot to stop for lunch or for an overnight camp. It is quite sheltered and protected. From the Farmyard there is a 15 minute side trail which takes you to South Jawbone Peak and another opportunity to take in the rewarding views. After returning to the Farmyard turn east to follow the Jawbone Creek Track as it slowly descends Jawbone Saddle to the car park below. This section of the trail follows a series of man made steps and is quite easy to follow. Poles may be useful on this section to reduce the impacts to your knees. Continue your descent through Jawbone car park as the trail winds its way through open forest back to Little River and your starting point at Cooks Mill. Show more
#2 - Little River, Neds Gully, Little Cathedral and Razorback Track
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 6 h 55 m
Note: As of August 19, 2020, users have reported that the parking for Ned’s gully is closed so you have to park around 2 km ahead and then walk back into the forest to begin the hike. This track brings you to Little Cathedral Peak, North Jawbone Peak and Sugarloaf Peak. The track is somewhat easy to follow but it also involved a lot of rock scrambling and downloading a map for offline use or gps tracker is recommended. Show more
#3 - Cathedral Mountain North Circuit
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 55 m
Little River Track, Neds Gully Track, Little Cathedral Peak, Farmyard Track, Jawbone Creek TrackShow more
#4 - Cathedral Circuit
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 6 h 29 m
This hike takes you along the Cathedral Ridge to Sugarloaf Peak. This route is for experienced hikers.Show more
#5 - North Jawbone and South Jawbone
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
#6 - Jawbone Creek Track to North Jawbone Peak
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
#7 - Neds Peak, Little Cathedral, and Cathedral Peak
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
#8 - Sugarloaf Peak via Wells Cave and Canyon Track
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 23 m
The climb up to Sugarloaf Peak (Barralbarayi) via Wells Cave is a very steep climb and involves some scrambling, and light bouldering. Along Sugarloaf Saddle you'll find beautiful sweeping views as you descend on Canyon Track across the razorback of the Cathedral Ranges (Nanadhong). Be sure to take this loop in the anticlockwise direction as it is not advised to descend via Wells. This hike can feel more like an extended bouldering session, with one especially tight squeeze through Wells Cave - making this a great trail for those looking for an active adventure!Show more
#9 - Wells Cave Walk
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 21 m
#10 - Messmate Track
Cathedral Range State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
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