|Start: Beehive Falls Carpark
|Finish: Troopers Creek Camp
GPS: -37.016464,142.426217Time: Approx. 8-10 Hrs
|Distance: 12 km, 7km Return||Grade: Hard (Elevation 215m – 809m)|
Briggs Bluff detour and return to start not included in GPS track
This walk, suitable for fit and experienced walkers as it can involve water crossings, slippery surfaces, rock scrambling and steep climbs. In poor weather conditions with low viability it may be difficult to navigate and care must be taken near cliff edges.
The trip can be done in a day but is recommended as an overnight walk and a car shuffle or a return walk along the road is necessary. An overnight trip intention for must be filled out prior to this walk.
The walk begins as an easy stroll through the open forest following a good walking track along Mud Hut Creek. After about 1.5 km you will arrive at Beehive Falls, a small waterfall located at the base of the Mount Difficult Range. Best seen after recent rain.
Cross Mud Hut Creek at the base of the falls and from here on the trail becomes less visible as it begins to ascend steeply, until reaching the first plateau. After about 1 km the trail heads up to the main plateau, past a rock arch and arriving at the intersection for the track out to Briggs Bluff on the left. Reaching here you have covered roughly 4 km and it should take less than 1 1/2 Hrs.
Follow this detour track along the plateau for about 1 Km to Briggs Bluff lookout for views over the Northern Grampians. Return to the same intersection to continue.
Continue on from the intersection and the Briggs Bluff Hiker Campsite will be reached after 150 m and just after another bush camp a further 300 m along turn right at an intersection marked by a rock cairn. Following the undulating, rocky track keep a lookout for orange and yellow markers. You will pass a lookout on the right and another small bush camp through to the Mt Difficult Hiker Campsite.
Just before the Mt Difficult Hiker Campsite there is a location map, turn right and follow the track markers over the rocky slope heading towards the Trig point until you reach the summit of mount Difficult, also known as Mount Gar. This side trip has 360 degree views from the highest peak in this area. Slippery when wet.
Return to the main track and turn right slowly descending towards Tilwinda creek. From here the track weaves through weathered rock formations, huge overhanging cliffs and boulders that require some climbing and then descends steeply towards a large rock formation in the middle of the track called the Wind Cave. Just after this there is a track on the right hand side marked by a location map. You can take this track across to Tilwinda Falls.
Troopers Creek Campground is only around 500 m further and has a large camping area, fireplaces, toilets and tables.