Ascent of Mount Rosea on 2016-09-19

Climber: Jude N.

Others in Party:Pierz N.
Vicky S.
Date:Monday, September 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Rosea
    Elevation:3310 ft / 1008 m

Ascent Trip Report

The track to Mount Rosea started through open woodland, with impressive rock-faces peeking through the canopy. This quickly gave way to shrubland as we gently gained altitude, taking a rather roundabout route towards the summit. Making a more direct route, the track began climbing properly through increasingly rock terrain, and the crest of Rosea's long cliff-line became visible. Navigating enormous rock formations and performing some rock-hopping, we reached the cliff-line, which as expected offered airy views to the Wonderland Range below. From here, most of the climbing had been done, but the hard work remained in negotiating the winding route along the top - ducking and weaving amongst boulders and climbing several false summits. It was fun walking, with diverse scenery and a very alpine feel for such a low altitude. The true summit did not disappoint, with the best view so far in our Grampians trip. Nearly every major mountain in the range was visible, with the Wonderland Range taking centre stage.

Determined on doing a circuit, we descended the summit in the same direction, dropping steeply on a well-hewn path through scenic alpine country. Ahead lay the bulk of Dalton Peak North. At the bottom of the descent we arrived in the beautifully forested Sanderson Gap. It would have been from here that we would have bush-bashed to Dalton Peak North, if it had not been for protests from the rest of the party. Instead, we dropped further down until we met up with the fire trail that was to take us back to the car. The trail made for dull, nearly flat walking, with little variation in the forest around us. The highlights of this part of the walk were all the landslides from years before that had completed bulldozed their way down the mountain and cut great gashes through the fire trail. We dropped down into each of these, counting about six. The fire trail over, we were left with a final dull kilometre walking along the road back to the car. A low-light in an otherwise excellent hike.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:YDS Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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