The Lake Mountain Day Loop Walk is a 14.2-kilometre track through the alpine snowfields of Lake Mountain in Marysville, Victoria.
I was fortunate enough to have 10 other like-minded hikers and outdoor enthusiasts from The Hiking Society MeetUp join me in conditions that can only be described as perfect for hiking.
Starting at the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort car park, we headed north and took the Echo Flat trail.
This section of the trail started off as slightly rocky before it became fairly grassy and uneven at times.
Keep in mind that this entire area is a ski trail in the winter and thus the track is quite wide which makes it easier to hike for a group such as ours.
Each trail is coloured on the map – black (most difficult), blue (somewhat difficult) and green (easy).
The Echo Flat trail was coloured green and allowed the group to ease into the hike before we came into the Jubilee Trail (a black trail).
However, in saying that, the Jubilee Trail wasn’t so bad. It has a few hills but nothing insurmountable by any stretch.
After stopping for lunch at 12, we had a well-earnt break for half an hour and then hiked a bit further onto the Woolybutt Trail (blue trail).
This trail continued on and met up with another section of the Echo Flat Trail, which took us to another junction at Royston Trail.
We headed north to hike the Panorama Trail and take in the views at the lookout point there.
Finishing up there, we headed south on the Royston Trail and found ourselves back at the car park in 40 minutes.
Overall, this hike was relatively easy and one I would recommend to people who have been hiking for awhile but wish to test themselves at a longer distance.
The area itself is eerily picturesque with most of it still affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
One aspect of the Lake Mountain Day Loop Walk that I particularly liked was how frequently the track was signed.
Whether it was a pole with an orange arrow or a sign telling you which trail was going in what direction, you never felt like you were lost.
As always, if you wish to follow the same path we hiked, download it here from WikiLoc.
The Stats – Lake Mountain Day Loop Walk
Length (km): 14.2km (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 3hr 46 mins
Moving Time: 3hr 29 mins
Average Speed: 3.75 km/h
Maximum Elevation: 1454m
Accum. elev. uphill: 206m
Accum. elev. downhill: 206m
Return/Circuit/One Way: Circuit