Distance: 11 Km | Duration: Hrs | Grade: Grade 4 | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
About the Walk
This circuit walk includes the Lower Chadwick and Ah Kow walking tracks, and follows the Lerderderg River. The circuit also pass McKenzie’s Campsite, Ah Kow ruins, the Brigette Becker Memorial and Mt Blackwood.
The Walk in Detail
Walk N along the GDT (a grassy easement skirting the eastern slopes of Mt Blackwood) for 700mts and turn right to go through a small gateway onto Lower Chadwick Track. Continue on Lower Chadwick Track ensuring you veer left (1.5km) at the junction of this track with McKenzie Tk. Continue on Lower Chadwick for 1.2km and take a steep downhill until reaching the junction of the Razorback Track and the Lerderderg River.
Leave the track at the junction of Lower Chadwick and Razor Back tracks (which turns right at this point) and follow the river SW for 1km to McKenzie’s Campsite. Continue to follow the river SSW for a further 1.6 kms to join the Ah Kow Track. A small grassy flat on the east side above the bank marks the Ah Kow ruin. Return to the west side of the river and start the extremely steep and tiring climb up Ah Kow Spur. Follow this track for 2.9 kms to pass the Brigette Becker Memorial, then a further 1.0 km to meet the Blackwood Range Track. Turn right and follow this track for 200m to the gate at the end of Lohs Lane and the carpark.
From Trentham muster point turn right onto Falls Rd, and drive 750m to the intersection of Cosmos Rd, then turn right. Drive for 13.2 kms to Blackwood, then continue along the Greendale-Trentham Road for about 5.0 kms. Turn left onto Mount Blackwood Rd and travel 7.3 km, then turn left onto Loh’s Lane. Proceed to the end where there is a carpark. Driving distance from Trentham muster Point: 28 kms
A steep ascent and descent.