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R.Pepper - Trek 6 - Marysville to Mt Matlock + Extension

  • 25 May 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 26 May 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • Marysville to Mt Matlock
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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 amazing forested areas 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 to see The Cumberland Memorial Scenic Reserve, The Big Tree, Cora Lynn Falls.  If open we’ll stop at the McAdams Gap Tavern for lunch (I will book ahead).  The day concludes at summit of Mt. Matlock, at an elevation of 1377 meters.  Mt Matlock sees a few snowfalls most winters and the views will be spectacular I’m sure.  Those who wish to continue on after the completion of the validation and camp overnight will proceed to Woods Point via Tinger Spur Track and then onto Comet Flat Camping area.

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 south from camp towards Jericho and Lake Thomson.  Then venture west and into the Yarra Ranges National Park.  Finally we’ll pop out onto Warburton Woods Point Road at McMahons creek and then head home.  I will recon the area before the trip and will update this post accordingly.  The area has been affected by the recent fires and there may be closures.

Weather: Our elevation will change dramatically on this trip, 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.

Equipment:  AWD Vehicles are suitable for the Saturday Rob Pepper trip with good road tyres.  UHF radio equipped (or one borrowed from the club).  If continuing onto overnight camp and following day, a vehicle with low range 4WD capability with good all-terrain tyres and recovery points is needed.  Usual recovery gear should also be carried.

Trip Standard:  Saturday – Easy. Sunday Medium - some steep, low-range hill climbs and some rocky tracks.  Very weather dependant, in the very unlikely event of snow on Mt Matlock the conditions or heavy rain standard will be Difficult.

Fuel:  A full tank ex Melbourne. Those camping overnight should fill up at Marysville. If conditions are expected to be cold, consider a fuel anti-gel additive for diesel cars; such as FlashLube Winter Fuel Formula link here

Distance:  Approx. distance from Marysville to Mt. Matlock is 69.4Km of entirely high range driving.  Approx. Distance from Comet Flat campground to McMahons Creek is 80kms (but can be cut short if conditions are challenging), high and low range 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 paulwoodbiz@gmail.com

Trek Manager:  Graeme Carter - 0400 195 932 graeme.carter23@bigpond.com


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