Monday, February 27, 2012

Low roads and high roads - Cradle Mountain



We started with the low trails on our first day at Cradle Mountain, with a circuit walk of Dove Lake. It took us through a stunning variety of forests, marshy areas, stony beaches and open grassland. In the afternoon with all cloud cleared and vibrant blue skies we headed up to Marion's Lookout. The photos from my previous post were taken on this walk....it was a picture perfect afternoon. Warmed up , we took the high trail on the second day starting with Hansons Peak, the Face track , areas of the Overland track and Crater Peak. The landscape is stunning, bold, full of magnificent views and yet incredibly delicate on the surface. Areas of the alpine highland revealed a million minute worlds full of life (I'll post separately about this). The landscape envelops you, or at least it did me, it's so in your face, harsh, beautiful, rugged and dainty all in one.
If you don't like walking a drive to the carpark at the end of Dove Lake on a clear day will give you wonderful views of Cradle Mountain, without the exertion.
I don't know if I will get back there again, but the memories of place will stay with me for a long time.

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