Wild Dog Mountains:
Narrowneck to Splendour Rock
Blue Mountains National Park,
Danny, Camilla, Tony, Megan
(thumbnails link to larger images)
The original plan had been to do the Three Peaks in five days, but that
was cut back first to four days and one peak, then to no peaks at all,
ending up as an easy Wild Dogs circuit.
After surprisingly good traffic for an Easter Friday, we found time for
a pie stop in Leura and a quick drink in the Paragon, and got away from
the Golden Stairs car park around noon. It can be a bit of a bash along
Narrowneck, but we had good weather for it - overcast with the occasional
spattering of rain - and I had fun taking photos.
the Wild Dog mountains
We were planning to camp on upper Breakfast Creek, so after the descent
of Tarro's Ladder we took a short cut, going straight down the hill from
Clear Saddle, under the power lines, instead of doing four kilometres of
track and road via Medlow Gap. This was steep and scrubby, and we came
across some leeches near the bottom. That freaked Camilla out a bit,
though Tony was the only one actually bitten.
Hitting the road we turned left instead of right and had to go back to
find the creek, and the campsite 50m past that. I put up the fly as
well as the tent and slept under that; it was dry overnight.
a lizard on Mt Mouin (cropped)
sunset from Splendour Rock
We had decided to camp somewhere in the Wild Dog mountains, so I loaded
up with three litres in my water bag before we set out. At Medlow Gap we
set off on a side-trip to climb Mt Mouin. Camilla and Megan stopped at
the end of the old firetrail, while Tony and I scrambled up the hillside.
We couldn't find an obvious route through the cliff-line at the top,
however, and didn't have time to hunt for one, so we turned back there.
There were only scungy puddles of water at Mobbs Swamp, but a little
creek a kilometre further on had a much cleaner little pool, from which we
took extra water. After a brief confusion finding the track -- there's
a huge cairn and a clear track junction! -- we climbed up to Splendour
Rock and camped just behind it, with time to enjoy the splendid 270
degree views and a superb sunset. Tony had been here before but this
was the first visit for the rest of us.
Next: Knights Deck, Breakfast Creek, Carlon Head