The trail to the summit of Mt Bogong (1,986 metres) begins at the Mountain Creek picnic area and follows a vehicle track to the foot of the aptly named Staircase Spur, where the ascent begins through a forest of peppermint gums. Bivouac Hut, about halfway along the climb, offers a welcome resting place before the track passes through snow gums and alpine scrub and out on to the summit plain.
If walking to the summit of the state's tallest mountain sounds a little too demanding, try one of the easier walks that also begin at the picnic area.
Location: Alpine National Park
Walk: 4 hours one way
Start: Mountain Creek Picnic Area
Finish: Mt Bogong
Nearby: Mount Beauty
Permits/bookings: none required
Best time: November–May.
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