Sugarloaf Peak and South Jawbone Peak Loop

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Sugarloaf Peak and South Jawbone Peak Loop is a 11.4 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located in the state of Victoria, Australia that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 11.4 km Elevation Gain: 613 m Route Type: Loop

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The Cathedral Range is a spectacular seven kilometre 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 about a kilometre of easy walking you will reach the recently opened (2012) Messmate Track to your right. The Messmate Track winds it 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 along its 3km length 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 the main track through attractive open forest to the start of a rocky ridge. The 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 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 Sugarload 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 straight forward 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 approximately 2.5km 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 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 jarring of your knees. Continue your descent through Jawbones car park as the trail winds its way through open forest back to Little River and your starting point at Cooks Mill. Trail Information Trail Head: Cooks Mill Little River Track, Neds Gully, Little Cathedral Peak, Farmyard Track, North Jawbone Peak, South Jawbone Peak, Razorback Trail

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scramble
9 days ago

It’s one of the hardest hikes in Cathedral Range which needs proper hiking boots and fit body. My first climb was on September under heavy rain and extreme wind and thunder storm at the Sugerloaf Peak. Breath taking views at the top and extreme rock formations. Always follow the orange signs! Especially when getting close to the peak. Not recommended in rainy condition as it’s very steep near the peak which tricky specially when descending from the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

first attempt to climb. very rocky and steep. good hiking boots recommended and good fitness. will definitely do it again. the viees at the top is all worth the effort to get there.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Hard trail. Lost the track a few times. Definitely worth the views.

3 months ago

Definitely challenging but well worth it as the views at the top are indescribable. Loved the sense of adventure and can't wait to go back and explore

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no shade
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scramble
4 months ago

Awesome trail! Hard going with lots of scrambling on the way up and loose rock on the way down!

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scramble
4 months ago

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5 months ago

Challenging but rewarding trail, can be slow going with rocky areas.

6 months ago

fantastic!

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

A great ridge line walk that is slow going with hands and feet needed to get up some sections. Any accidents will mean a lengthy rescue. I camped overnight for a two day walk, but I enjoy taking my time.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

this is a hard trail. we walked along the Messame trail to sugarloaf carpark then to the peak, returning to cooks mill via razorback ridge and jawbone carpark. I think this would be the easier direction of the circuit. You are rewarded with excellent views on a clear day at sugarloaf peak.

hiking
8 months ago

Very challenging!

9 months ago

The best I’ve done so far! Super challenging but definitely rewarding- the views are amazing and definitely worth it. Be very vary of snakes.

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