Thursday, June 30, 2011

Beehive Falls and Briggs Bluff

Day two in Hall's Gap was spent hiking.  For those who are interested, we had crumpets for breakfast, which are awesome.  I've found them at home at Trader Joe's, and they are delicious with butter and honey or jam.  Sorry, no pics.

So, after crumpets and tea, we took a drive up to the northern part of the Grampians range.  We walked the Beehive Falls trail and then continued on the Briggs Bluff trail.  Beehive Falls was very pretty and not a hard walk.  About 1.4 km.  Briggs Bluff was a little more's the park's description:

Beehive Falls
Elevation Change: 419 metres Grade: hard 

Warning: Do not embark on this walk on a misty day, when visibility near cliffs is poor. This walk, suitable for fit and energetic walkers, can involve water crossings, slippery track surfaces, rock hopping and rock-scrambling.  From Beehive Falls, the track immediately becomes steeper. An unrelenting scramble over steep slopes and rock outcrops brings you to a plateau with splendid views. The track, flanked by low vegetation, then cuts a large arc across the plateau to the base of an imposing cliff line. Signs and track markers guide you on a steady climb through massive boulders and over windswept terraces to the summit. The view from the plummeting cliff edge is unrivaled.

In total, it was about a 5 hour walk and about 8 km. Really beautiful and crazy views.  Also pretty challenging.  The pics don't really do it justice, but it was definitely steep and not at all relenting.
Me smirking over the Northern Grampians
Cam and Aunt Kim under a cool rock.  (I later climbed this rock and have video...)
Cameron: King of the Mountain
Heather, Cam, and Aunt Kim under another giant rock

View of the trail as we head back down.  I was walking just behind/above the rest of the group, so you can see the steepness of this "rock scramble"
Awesome panoramic! 

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