It’s been a while between blog posts and for that I do apologise. Summer has arrived in Tasmania but it seems nobody told the weather that. We’ve been stuck indoors on weekends when we’d be itching to get out and about into the Tasmanian wilderness and add a few more peaks to our Abel list.
This past weekend, we finally had a chance to get out adventuring again and decided to stick with somewhere local. We’d previously climbed the face of Sleeping Beauty, known as Collins Bonnet and so this time, we set out to climb the ummmm….chest area. Trestle Mountain, which we’d seen from Collins Bonnet back in Spring just about makes it onto the Abels Tables at 1164m, making it the 117th highest mountain in Tasmania.
Like much of Wellington Park and its various peaks, there’s a few ways to get to the summit. We decided to approach from Collinsvale along the Myrtle Forest Track. The trail is well signposted and maintained, starting off with a steady climb up through rainforest before you suddenly burst into the alpine zone. The Tasmanian Waratah is out in full force in these parts and despite it being a little past its prime, is still stunningly beautiful. Combine this with Scoparia and all the colourful berries and you have yourself a truly magnificent walk.
The summit of Trestle is really fun and offers great views of Collins Bonnet and the rest of Wellington Park as well as farther afield. It was a little hazy on the day of our climb so I can’t vouch for the full extent of the viewpoint. Next up in this area is going to have to be Collins Cap methinks, so stay tuned for that one 🙂