It’s a 35 degree, Sunday afternoon in the Grampians, the perfect time to put your feet up, turn on Channel 9 for the cricket with the air con on full and have a summer siesta. This was not the case today.

Peter, Stephen’s dad, is a local of the Grampians and was excited to take us for a hike up Mt Sturgeon. A few years back, Pete packed up his city lifestyle and headed for the slower paced life in Hamilton, Victoria. As a family, we have been on multiple day hikes in the area and try to get out on the trails as much as we can when visiting.

As you drive through Dunkeld, Mount Sturgeon towers over the little country town, jutting out of the earth like a shark fin. We had driven passed it many times, but until now, hadn’t considered climbing it.

Trail Facts

Location: The trailhead starts at the intersection of Grampians Tourist Road and Victoria Valley Road, Grampians National Park

Length: 7km

Walk duration: 3 hours

Trail conditions: Rocky and can be slippery

Permits: None

Grade: Hard

The trailhead starts at the intersection of Grampians Tourist Road and Victoria Valley Road.  This hike requires some stamina and fitness as it involves multiple rock steps and fairly steep ascent up the mountain. Pete was keen to take us up to this mountain as it had been closed due to upgrades.

 

The rock steps are a new addition to the trail since September 2017. Local stone has been used to strengthen the track. Throughout the walk, there are multiple lookouts that are great to stop and grab some photos.

Once reaching the summit, we got to soak in the panoramic views of the Grampians as well as the volcanic plains in the distance.

     

   

The views are rewarding and well worth the sweat and blisters.

Ok, I got blisters breaking in my new boots. I thought today was a great opportunity to test out my new Danner boots that I purchased on my recent trip to Portland, Oregon. The Danner Light Cascade boots are heavier than my regular hiking shoes but I fell in love with them for the design aspects and heavy duty feel. These boots started off nice and snug for the first 1 hour until the shoes starting rubbing against my thin socks and probably sweat. I did end up with some blisters on my heels but other than that I felt that my ankles were not going to roll and felt confident with leaps and multiple stepping movements.

 




2 Comments

  1. Lyndal

    March 9, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Hii Deanne, I love the Grampians, it’s one of our favourite hiking destinations, we stay in Halls Gap. I’d love to head up to Mt Sturgeon,some day, thanks for the story. Hope you enjoyed the course, I’m about to try and set up a travel blog soon, interviewing people of their travel experiences. Any advice you have would be great. All the best!
    Lyndal

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    • Deanne Dwight

      March 14, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Lyndal,

      Thanks so much for the kind words!

      Mt Sturgeon is a gem and definitely worth the visit.

      I have enjoyed the course, thanks very much. I hope you have too. Travel blogs are great fun! The art of a blog is that they are easiest written as you are experiencing the travel, at the time. This way you are in the moment and writing the emotion that comes with the experience. I personally have not done a lot of interviewing but I do listen to a lot of travel podcasts such as “She Explores’ and “Women on the Road” who do some great ones. I also just do a lot of reading!

      hope this helps!

      Deanne

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