Mount Erica Trail Return

Whilst up at Mushroom Rocks over the weekend, I took a side trip up to the nearby Mount Erica.

Starting from the rocks, the trail takes you north-west towards Mount Baw Baw and on an average uphill elevation of 362m according to WikiLoc.

The trail itself is flat from Mushroom Rocks, and becomes gradually steeper the further you hike.

Mount Erica Return Trail

It’s roughly a 4km round hike, yet those first two kilometres feel like they go on forever as you navigate your way up the rocky path to Mt Erica.

Given the area is very much an alpine area, the trail is littered with snow gums which further adds to the scenery and the overall experience of the walk.

Mount Erica Trail Return

The only disappointing aspect of this walk is that there is bugger all to see or do up at Mount Erica. In fact, it’s nothing more than a sign on top of a boulder that is stuck in the ground.

However, if you’re camping at Mushrooms Rocks overnight or only up there for the day, it’s worth heading up to Mount Erica if you are looking to walk a bit further than the 1.5-2km Mushroom Rocks trail.

Mount Erica Trail Return

I will say that you might need a hiking pole or two if you aren’t used to hiking hills on a regular basis.

If you wish to follow the trail that I recorded via WikiLoc, download it here.

The Stats – Mount Erica Trail Return

Length (km): 4.5km (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 1hr 15 mins (1hr 14 mins moving time)
Average Speed: 3.55 km/h
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Maximum Elevation: 1509m
Accum. elev. uphill: 362m
Accum. elev. downhill: 362m
Return/Circuit/One Way: One way/return
Location: Baw Baw

5 Responses
  1. Brendan

    Sadly when I did this walk it was quite muddy and a dangerous ascent, & only managed to get half way up. We were lucky to do the rail trail from Erica to the Thompson Dam which was a good 25km return trip with a fair bit of climbing involved. Some great hiking around the area

    1. John Feeney

      During this weekend, I essentially did two hikes: one from the carpark to Mushroom Rocks and then from Mushroom Rocks to Mt Erica and back.

  2. Sir Trekkalot

    Today (8.8.17) ,I powered up to Mt.Erica from the car park in deep snow in micro spikes and later as I ascended ,I changed into snow shoes.It is not obvious where the track is located in fresh deep snow, esp. when hiking solo .

    1. John Feeney

      Hi there,

      Thanks for taking the time to read the article. I really appreciate it. The track can be a little misleading under snow and I think we lost our way for a few seconds but I soon figured it out fairly quickly.

      Cheers
      John

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