Snake Plains

Sunday 28 February 2016

We had heard that the Snake Plains track had been cleared and other work done, so decided to walk there along Milles track. In fact, Milles had been cleared extensively and parts of the track through cutting grass areas on Snake Plains were cleared back quite a distance, which will make walking there easier for some years.

Snake Plains track cleared wide through cutting grass section - Gahnia grandis

Mention had been made of another track, that started north of Neika and just above the Pipeline Track. On spotting rough track through the scrub well down Snake Plains we decided to explore it and discovered it was this said one. Initially it went through Melaleuca squamea dominated scrub before dropping to E?? Rivulet, where I had a bit of uncertainty as to where the track went., But once that was resolved it was up through more scrub to the top of a hill, in country that was so reminiscent of South West Tasmania and even the views over rolling hills and scrub filled gullies were too.

A junction was met with the branch heading NW going to who knows where, whilst we went SE and were soon in forest. At this point the track widened where had small sized trees and bushes had been cut. A rocky outcrop made a good lunch spot and from there it was all gently downhill until a clifftop was met where it took a bit of searching to find where the track went. It was then much the same easily followed track until very close to the Pipeline Track where it seemed to run out, or at least we couldn’t locate anything, but it was a simple matter of scrambling down to the track. 

Cathedral, Thumbs and Montagu  from hill at edge of Snake Plains

Total distance 11.5    Total time  5:20  Total walking time 4:15 

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