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Today we returned to a peak we've hiked several times previously but this time we took the path less trodden to the summit.

I had known for some time there was an alternative route up Flinders Peak but having finally roped in a few intrepid friends, today was the day to tackle the unsign-posted hike.


Starting from Flinders Plum picnic area we set off along Sandy Creek and used fire trails to skirt around the east of Flinders Peak to the South West.  The trail offered superb views (through the trees) of the peak we were about to ascend.


The ascent was steep and at times along a narrow footpad on the side of the mountain and sometimes loose underfoot.


About half-way up Darren & Alex took off to find some caves which required going down again.  Lisa and I decided we weren't descending to the caves and then ascending again so gave the guys instructions to take some photos which would do us this time.



On their return, we continued onto the summit with a little rock scrambling towards the top.



A well-deserved lunch was had at the top with the obligatory summit photos.



Lisa and Darren found the Geocache and then it was time to head down.  We took the normal tourist path down which also offered great views looking back to where we had come from.


This way down is shorter but steeper with some rock hopping along a spiny ridge.


Back at the car we were all grateful for some cold drinks and cups of tea.

Length of walk
    10.5 km circuit approx.
Time
   6 Hours including lunch and plenty of photo stops
Best Time to do
    Cooler months, Summer would be very hot and require lots of water.

Difficulty
Medium to hard.  Although following fire trails and there is a footpad it would be easy to take a wrong turn along the fire trails as there are many in the area. Easiest to follow our or someone else's GPS track or go with someone who has been before. The normal track down is well marked. We found mobile coverage intermittent on the hike but very good at the summit.


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