Walk Category: Short, Day
Getting There: Car
Nearest Town: Mt Hotham or Bright
Walk Area: North East Victoria
Distance from Melbourne GPO: 379 km
Mobile Phone Coverage: Yes but patchy and coverage varies by provider
Walk Details Collated: October 2006
The Mt Hotham area was affected by bushfires in February 2013. It is essential that you check the Parks Victoria website for the latest information and details on park and track closures prior to visiting this area.
These walks start at 1800 metres, and Mount Loch, the highest point on the walk is 1887 metres. The high altitude demands proper wet weather gear and warm clothing in all seasons, as weather conditions can change rapidly. Be prepared for potential white-out and therefore carry a detailed map, whistle, compass and mobile phone.
Option 1: Mt Loch only (8km; 3 hours; 230m climb; Easy)
From Loch car park, there is a four kilometre walk through alpine heath to the summit of Mount Loch, where there are good views of the High Plains, Mt Hotham and the rugged east face of Mt Feathertop. It can be reached by following the Australian Alpine Walking Track (AAWT) for 3.5 km to pole 60. Leave the pole line here, follow a vehicle track north past the rocky basalt columns for 0.5 km. Climb to the summit along a track on the north western side of Mt Loch. Return by the same route.
Option 2: Mt Loch and Spargo Hut (12.5 km; 6 hours; 350m climb; Medium)
From the summit of Mount Loch, return to the Alpine Walking Track and follow to Derrick Hut, which is in a sheltered location among snow gums abutting Swindlers Spur. The final section involves returning to the junction of the AAWT and Huts Walking Track, turning left, walking over a small knoll and descending 100m to Spargo's Hut, the only steep grade on the walk. Spargo Hut belonged to Bill Spargo, a well known local identity who discovered and opened the nearby Red Robin Mine and ran the first Hotham Heights guest house.
Depending on weather conditions, lunch can be taken at either of the two huts.
The return is via the outward route along the Alpine Walking Track back to the car park. Alternatively, continue on using the Hotham Huts walk description (see link under 'Other walks in the area below).
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Drive to Bright via the Hume Highway, Wangaratta, Myrtleford and Bright. Continue on the Great Alpine Road via Harrietville and stop just one kilometre short of the Mount Hotham Village. Park at Mount Loch car park.
Recommended Map: VicMap Maps: Feathertop 8324-3-2; scale 1:25 000 or Bogong Alpine Area 1:50 000
Parks Victoria: Alpine National Park
Parks Victoria: Park Note - Walks around Feathertop
There are seasonal road closures in the Alpine National Park. Please check Parks Victoria website for latest information.