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Today's adventure was to a little known mountain in a very well known location. Christmas Creek is famous for the hike up to the Stinson Plane Wreck. We have previously ticked this off our 'bucket list' and so decided to tackle Neglected Mountain.

The walk can be started from the Stinson Park campground or by driving approx 1km up Gap Creek Rd opposite the campground. I must say it was very pleasant to walk the extra kilometre on a sunny winter's morning.


As the road made it's way up we passed through private property which doesn't seem to be a problem.


We came across an old farm building complete with an outdoor table and car.


 Unfortunately, the outhouse (loo) had collapsed. Hope there were no occupants at the time!


Alex always wanted a Landrover. Now to get it going....


We followed the road and ridgeline steeply up until the road petered out. There was a bit of pink tape guiding us to the saddle, although there was an obvious footpad.

Looking back to our campsite in the valley showed just how far we had come.


We then followed the razorback ridge, with some minor scrambling, onwards towards the summit.




We enjoyed the views on both sides of the ridge. 



And found it amazing to see inquisitive cattle up here.  Obviously not afraid of heights, so close to the edge!


We continued down through another small saddle towards the summit.


Picking up another Geocache along the way.


The summit area had plenty of grass trees, including this giant.


We found a nice sheltered spot out of the wind to enjoy lunch before retracing our steps.


 A final rest stop on the way back at the old house topped off a walk full of some very spectacular views.


The nearby hike to the Stinson Plane Wreck might be a popular 'bucket list' walk but the walk up Neglected Mountain is, in our opinion, a much more spectacular hike and not one to be missed!

Length of walk
  11km return

Time
  5 hours, including lunch & plenty of photo stops

Best Time to do

    Anytime, but take plenty of water in summer

Difficulty

    Medium, steep hill, razorback ridge, minor scrambling


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