Robert Peppers 4WD Treks Close to Melbourne. Trek number 6 Mt Matlock (Marysville to Mt Matlock 69.4kms) + Extension.
Date: 9:00 am Saturday 25/May and Sunday 26/May
Description: Robert Peppers 4WD Treks Close to Melbourne. Trek number 6 Mt Matlock (Marysville to Mt Matlock 69.4kms) + Extension.
Day 1 Saturday 25.05 – Robert Pepper’s Trek 4
A pleasant and easy meander through some lush forested areas near Marysville with some scenic and historic stops along the way to get out and stretch the legs. We’ll meet at Marysville and head east on mostly well-kept unsealed roads and stop and walk (500m) to see The Big Tree & Cora Lynn Falls. We will then make a detour south into the Yarra Ranges National park, this deviates from the Robert Pepper trek, providing some more interesting track driving. We'll rejoin the trek in between any notations in the book. As this trek is a fast, easy drive the detour will fill out the time more enjoyably off the main road. We'll stop for lunch at Monty's Hut before concluding Trek 6 at the summit of Mt. Matlock, at an elevation of 1377 meters. Mt Matlock sees a few snowfalls most winters and the views are magnificent. Those who wish to continue on after the completion of the validation and camp overnight we'll proceed to Woods Point via Tinger Spur Track and then onto Comet Flat Camping area. There are some shallow creek crossings and the camp provides drop toilets. The Woods Point Commercial Hotel is only a short drive and is a great little county pub and worth a visit or even dinner. Phone ahead to confirm (03) 5777 8224.
Day 2 Sunday 26.05 Comet Flat Camp to McMahons Creek
Today will encompass some more challenging low range, medium difficulty 4WD touring. We’ll head east from camp, then turn north towards Frenchmans Gap via Clark Spur - Abbotts Track. We'll continue west along Frenchmans Gap Track, Corn Hill Track and Frenchmans Spur track to arrive at Frenchmans Creek Camp. We'll then take the easy gravel road back to rejoin the Marysville-Woods Point road and conclude at the Cambarville Picnic area. Having visited the area last week, the graders have been hard at work so most of the tracks should be easy going (weather dependant).
Weather: Our elevation will change dramatically during the days, even if the weather is forecast to be warm, pack for cold conditions (jacket on / jacket off style). Bring appropriate clothing and footwear for a short forest walk or two as well. If staying overnight, bring appropriate camping gear for wet, muddy conditions (warm clothing, footwear, ground sheets, awning, hot water bottle, favourite teddy, single malt etc.)
Equipment: 4wd vehicle with low range capability with good all-terrain tyres, recovery points and good clearance. Usual recovery gear should also be carried. UHF radio equipped (or one borrowed from the club).
Trip Standard: Saturday – Easy/Medium. Sunday Medium/Difficult - some steep, low-range hill climbs and some rocky tracks. It's also likely to be a bit damp/wet in places. In the unlikely event of snow on Mt Matlock or the more likely event of heavy rain, the standard will be rated Difficult. The routes chosen are near well kept major roads, should we get held up we can easily detour out to make up time.
Fuel: A full tank ex Melbourne. Those camping overnight should fill up at Marysville. If conditions are expected to be very cold, consider a fuel anti-gel additive for diesel cars; such as FlashLube Winter Fuel Formula link here
Distance: Day 1. Approx. distance from Marysville to Mt. Matlock (via detour) is approx 80km of mostly high range driving, with occasional low range sections. Day 2. Approx. distance from Comet Flat campground to Cambarville Picnic area is 70kms, mostly high range with areas of low range challenging driving.
Duration: 2 days; 1 if only staying for RP Trek 6 validation.
*If you’re not planning on staying overnight, please let me know*
Convoy limit: 10 vehicles
Meeting arrangements: We plan to meet in the Marysville main street (Murchison St) out the front of the “Marysville Country Bakery – Café” for departure at 9:00am. If you plan to get coffee and tasty baked goods beforehand then you will need to arrive a little earlier. We will aim to finish at Mt. Matlock by 3:30pm and be at Comet Flat Camp at about 4.pm.
Trip Leaders: Paul & Matesse Wood – 0419366897 / 0402176152 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trek Manager: Graeme Carter - 0400 195 932 email@example.com