Federation Peak post-fires?

Tasmania specific bushwalking discussion.
Forum rules
Tasmania specific bushwalking discussion. Please avoid publishing details of access to sensitive areas with no tracks.

Federation Peak post-fires?

Postby Bergs » Wed 24 Nov, 2021 7:00 pm

Hi there,

I'm keen to hear from anyone who's been to Federation Peak (via Farmhouse Ck) post-fires. What's the track like? My guess is less scrub, more mud...

Only trip report I've found online is this one about going to Mt Bobs.
https://bushwalk.com/forum/viewtopic.ph ... on#p421994

For anyone who missed it, the Parks website has Fedders open via Farmhouse Creek. Eastern Arthurs traverse still closed.
Bergs
Nothofagus cunninghamii
Nothofagus cunninghamii
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed 24 Nov, 2021 6:44 pm
Region: Australian Capital Territory
Gender: Male

Re: Federation Peak post-fires?

Postby lefroy » Mon 29 Nov, 2021 2:04 pm

Hey Bergs, a quick Google search of fed via farmhouse will link you to a detailed attempt post fire. I saw it on the weekend by chance.
lefroy
Atherosperma moschatum
Atherosperma moschatum
 
Posts: 70
Joined: Tue 05 Feb, 2019 7:46 pm
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Male

Re: Federation Peak post-fires?

Postby Bergs » Tue 30 Nov, 2021 11:10 am

Thanks Lefroy, I found this, which I guess is what you mean: https://www.weseektravel.com/federation-peak-tasmania/

They make little mention of fire damage. So to refine my question, I'm keen to hear from anyone who can comment on how fire has affected the track!
Bergs
Nothofagus cunninghamii
Nothofagus cunninghamii
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed 24 Nov, 2021 6:44 pm
Region: Australian Capital Territory
Gender: Male

Re: Federation Peak post-fires?

Postby Azza » Tue 30 Nov, 2021 11:58 am

Is there a particular aspect you are interested in?

The area affected is mostly the button grass, but also some of the forested areas.
The times they quote in that blog are pretty similar to pre-fire - it doesn't suggest its any easier or harder.

The track has always been super wet and muddy particularly along the last section to the base of moss ridge.
From memory its braided with lots of big button grass clumps, and tea tree..
How fast/how hard that terrain is to cover is largely dependent on how used to walking those conditions you are?

We've also had a very wet spring - that perhaps might have more impact on the current condition/difficulty of the track.
I've heard of a few groups going in, but no one has said much about the fire damage.

What I guess is more concerning is damage to Moss Ridge.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 11.27.11 am.png
User avatar
Azza
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 977
Joined: Thu 06 Mar, 2008 11:26 am

Re: Federation Peak post-fires?

Postby Tortoise » Tue 30 Nov, 2021 5:25 pm

A friend who has walked the Farmhouse Creek track a few times went in again recently. While the track is still muddy and slow in places, he said the fires have completely changed the vegetation in the valley. Less scrub at this stage, with vegetation recovering. Also Moss Ridge is apparently a little better than it was, but still a full-body work-out through the obstacle course. Parks have apparently removed 600+ fallen trees, but done no actual track work. The group commented that it was hard to see where all those fallen trees had been removed, as there are still a lot. But I suspect Moss Ridge is a bit less of a 3D maze than it used to be.
User avatar
Tortoise
Lagarostrobos franklinii
Lagarostrobos franklinii
 
Posts: 4531
Joined: Sat 28 Jan, 2012 9:31 pm
Location: NW Tasmania
Region: Tasmania
Gender: Female

Re: Federation Peak post-fires?

Postby Bergs » Sat 04 Dec, 2021 1:27 pm

Thanks all! Very helpful.
Bergs
Nothofagus cunninghamii
Nothofagus cunninghamii
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed 24 Nov, 2021 6:44 pm
Region: Australian Capital Territory
Gender: Male


Return to Tasmania

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 13 guests