Before the weekend, I had only visited the Grampians once but it is fast becoming a favourite place of mine to go hiking.
The first of two hikes saw 10 of us from The Hiking Society MeetUp group hike just under 10kms to Mount Rosea.
The peak is a smidge past 1000m in elevation and the trail itself is a mix of bushland and rocky terrain.
The conditions that confronted us were manageable but less than ideal due to the fog blanketing the spectacular views we would see on the descent.
Personally, I didn’t find this hike too strenuous or difficult by any stretch of the imagination and believe it is one that most could easily do.
Furthermore, getting to the trail head is quite easy from Halls Gap.
Take Mount Victory Road (which becomes Northern Grampians Road) for a few kilometres and take a left at Silverband Road.
Drive a kilometre or two, take a right at Stony Creek Road and the trail head will be on your right.
Again, it is well-signed so you can’t miss it.
When you start hiking through the rocky area, you’ll be guided by yellow arrows either on the ground or directly in front of you on the rocks themselves.
Now that I have been able to do a few hikes in the area, I would say that if you are looking to go hiking and avoid the crowds at the same time, Boronia Peak, Mount Rosea and Chataqua Peak are my recommendations.
Don’t get me wrong, the Pinnacle Circuit is a great walk but as it appears to be the go-to walk in the area, you’ll come across plenty of people.
The Grampians is well-known for its amazing views from its various lookout points but the fog was so thick on the way up that we barely saw anything.
On the way down, it had cleared quite a bit and we got to see some of the valleys below but I can only imagine what the walk would be like on a clear day.
Finally, you don’t have to do this hike as a return hike. Along the way, the signs will point you in the direction of other trails and locations to visit.
So there are several opportunities to tack on other points of interest in the area to this particular hike should you want to.
As always, if you wish to do the same hike we did, and you have the app, you can download it from my WikiLoc account.
The Stats – Mount Rosea Return
Length (km): 9.7km (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 3hr 50 mins
Moving Time: 3hr 23 mins
Average Speed: 2.52km/h
Maximum Elevation: 1010m
Accum. elev. uphill: 392m
Accum. elev. downhill: 392m
Return/Circuit/One Way: Return