From To Distance Ascent Descent
Mt Hotham Camp Creek 62 2858 3256
Camp Creek Mt Skene 85 2960 3490
Mt Skene Toorongo PA 78 2930 3066
Total 225 kms

 
 
From Mt Hotham the Alpine Track climbs over the Twins but the climb is well rewarded with magnificent views back across Blowhard Ridge to Mt Hotham, Mt Feathertop and the giant cleft of the Ovens Valley running into the blue-hazed ranges beyond. To the north-west, the distinctive shape of Mt Buffalo lies across the horizon like a sleeping – well – buffalo! To the south, ridge after forested ridge stretch to the infinitely distant Snowy Range while to the west, the Barry Range runs like a spear into the hazy blue distance, marked here and there by a fire trail.

 
Along the Dry Barrys the track follows the ridge top of the Great Divide to eventually climb over the fabled Viking – a climb that is as spectacular as it is hard. Beyond The Viking lies the Razor and Mt Speculation. From Mt Speculation there is another spectacular panorama from the Viking and Razor in the east to Mt Cobbler, shaped like an Indian head, to the north-west while to the south lies the sawtooth of Mt Buggery and the Crosscut Saw with the broad flat dome of Mt Howitt beyond.
 

 

Beyond the Crosscut Saw the King Billies provide more views before the track runs along the Dividing Range to Mt McDonald and down into Low Saddle before climbing again to Mt Sunday and along the ridge line past Peters Gorge to Rumpff Saddle. The short but steep climb to Mt Skene provides a view of your route from Mt Howitt to Mt Skene and once again, you are surrounded by forest and ridges in every direction

 

 

From Skene, the track cuts across the grain of the country with steep descents (and following ascents) to the tree-ferns of the Black River, the shafts and water races of the old Jordan River Diggings and the Upper Thomson Valley with its portal and weir! Another easier climb brings you to Stronach Camp where the burnt logs of the 1939 fire were salvaged in a milling operation that lasted over 20 years! The track then heads south along the Baw Baws but at Mt Whitelaw the Federation Track leaves the Alpine Track and heads west along the Upper Yarra Track to Toorongo Picnic Area. Before the 1939 fires there was a town here with sawmill, office, store, houses – all built of timber. Now the once thriving timber towns of Toorongo and Myrhee are┬ájust clearings in the forest.