Starting at the Mountain Creek Campsite, Alpine National Park, this walk takes you to the summit of Mount Bogong and back via the Staircase Spur Trail. At 1986 metres high, Mount Bogong is Victoria’s tallest mountain, dwarfing all its rivals. The track starts by following a vehicle track to the foot of the Staircase Spur, where the ascent begins through a forest of Peppermint Gums. About halfway along the climb hikers can take shelter and rest at Bivouac Hut, before the track passes through Snow Gums and out onto the steep rocky ridge leading to the summit plateau. From the mountaintop, there are incredible views in all directions. The exposed treeless plain of the summit offers little shelter in poor weather. Strong winds, fog, freezing temperatures, rain and snow are all common at this altitude. This hike requires a sufficient level of equipment, fitness, experience and self-reliance. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From Mountain Creek Road (near Mountain Creek Campsite), head directly away from the road as you move through the campsite along the dirt track. Keep left at the 3-way intersection and continue moving in the same direction. Follow Mountain Creek Track to continue along the “Mount Bogong via Staircase Spur” Track.....
Directions & comments
At the intersection of Mountain Creek Road & Mountain Creek Track Start heading along Mountain Creek Track (a vehicle track).
Find the sign at the start.
After another 20 m pass the car park (on your left).
After another 6 m pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Mountain Creek Track.
After another 10 m come to the "Mountain Creek Campsite" (25 m on your left).
After another 700 m continue straight, to head along Mountain Creek Track.
After another 60 m cross the ford.
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Mountain Creek Track.
After another 165 m continue straight, to head along Mountain Creek Track.
After another 60 m cross the ford (about 6 m long)
After another 9 m veer left, to head along Mountain Creek Track.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Mountain Creek Track.
After another 275 m continue straight.
Then cross the ford (about 8 m long)
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Mountain Creek Track.
Then cross the ford.
After another 530 m (at the intersection of The Staircase & Mountain Creek Track) turn right, to head along The Staircase (a walking track).
After another 3.8 km pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 40 m pass the "Bivouac Hut" (9 m on your right).
After another 2.5 km continue straight, to head along The Staircase.
After another 220 m turn sharp right.
After another 285 m come to "Mount Bogong".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 9 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Mount Bogong via Staircase Spur
8 h, 11 h to 2 days
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Very steep (4/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 60 m from the start.
Shelter: There is one 6 km from the start.
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 6 km apart with the largest gap of 12.1 km.