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Ascent of Mount Dandenong on 2019-03-11

Climber: George McManus

Date:Monday, March 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Dandenong
    Location:Australia-Victoria
    Elevation:2037 ft / 620 m

Ascent Trip Report

Completed a loop walk clockwise from Olinda through the Dandenong Ranges via Mt Dandenong.

Started at Olinda, followed Range Road westward and intended to follow Caterpillar Track. Got a bit lost before eventually finding our way to Olinda Road, and then following Dandenong Creek Track toward the mountain. Followed Channel Ten and Zig Zag Tracks to Burkes Lookout, then followed Kyeema Track past the Kyeema Memorial until turning off onto Trig Track to the summit.

Had lunch at the summit with clear views over the suburbs. Went back down Trig Track before heading into Mt Dandenong Arboretum, which was quite beautiful with various trees. Followed the Mechanics Track through Mechanics Reserve along a small creek through dense forest. Followed Falls Track to Olinda Falls and then followed the creek westward back to Falls Road. Beyond this, we took a turnoff via Bartlett Track and Predator Track before entering the northern end of the National Rhododendron Gardens, walking through the stunning Gardens southward and then entering Olinda township where we had started.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3384 ft / 1030 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3384 ft / 1030 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1790 ft / 545 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 196 ft / 59 m; Extra: 1594 ft / 485m
    Loss on way in:1594 ft / 485 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Start Trailhead:Olinda  1841 ft / 561 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1790 ft / 545 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 196 ft / 59 m; Extra: 1594 ft / 485m
    Gain on way out:1594 ft / 485 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    End Trailhead:Olinda  1841 ft / 561 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes



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