walls of jerusalem – 6 DAYS | medium GRADE | $2350.00
Walls of Jerusalem Hike
The Walls of Jerusalem National Park in Tasmania was proclaimed in 1981 and it is an alpine wilderness made up of mountain tarns, lakes and dominant peaks. This part of Tasmania is known as the Central Plateau. It has been formed by the process of uplifting and glaciation.
You’ll be amazed by the grandeur of the dolerite peaks, such as Mount Jerusalem and Solomons Throne as well as the serene mountain tarns and the unique alpine vegetation.
Wildlife commonly seen includes the Bennett’s Wallaby, Pademelon, Wombat and Brush tailed Possum.
Our 6 day hike departs in the warmer summer months of November through to April but within these months the weather can be changeable. The walking requires a medium level of fitness and the days are not too long.
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Day 1: Launceston to Wild Dog Creek – 6km 4 Hours
After driving from Launceston your walk starts at the Mersey Forest Road car park and climbs steadily for 2 km to Trappers Hut; a small shelter used by possum trappers in the early 1900’s. From Trappers Hut the track winds its way past pristine mountain tarns known as the “Solomon’s Jewels” and through woodlands of Pencil Pines, Snow Gums and Yellow Gums. Your first night’s camp is on comfortable tent platforms at Wild Dog Creek, named by surveyor James Scott in 1848.
Day 2: Wild Dog Creek to Dixon’s Kingdom – 4km + side trips 6 Hours
A short climb up and through Herrod’s Gate brings you into the Walls of Jerusalem. The dominant West Wall with King David’s Peak is on our right as you pass Lake Salome and the Pools of Bethesda are on your left. Most of the names of the peaks, lakes and tarns have a similar theme and were named by the early surveyor James Scott and also by an enthusiast of the area, Reg Hall. We stop at the Pools of Bethesda and rest amongst the ancient Pencil Pines and marvel at the grandeur of the West Wall. We then climb to the saddle of Damascus Gate, stow our packs and head for the summit of Solomon’s Throne. In the afternoon, we head for the summit of Mount Jerusalem (1459m). The walk to its summit is easy and straight – forward. You’ll be rewarded by commanding views over the Central Plateau and the distant peaks of Frenchman’s Cap and Cradle Mountain.
Day 3: Dixon’s Kingdom to Lake Adelaide – 6km 3 Hours
This morning you’ll walk through the stands of Pencil Pines of Jaffa Vale on your way down to Lake Ball. Lake Ball is the highest of three, tiered lakes that we camp beside on your walk. At Lake Ball sits a restored trappers hut (for emergency use only), a reminder of the early European explorer, bushrangers and trappers. We walk along the northern shoreline of Lake Ball then across a small saddle to the northern end of Lake Adelaide and our camp. Lake Adelaide lies at an altitude of 1055m and is the largest of the lakes on your walk.
Day 4: Lake Adelaide to Lake Meston – 7km 4 Hours
You’ll walk an easy track through medium timber beside Lake Adelaide for much of the day. The vegetation is a mix of stunted woodlands gradually tending towards eucalypt woodlands. The highland lakes contain fish known as Galaxiids (slender, scale less fish) with one dorsal fin. The platypus also occupies the lakes and tarns of the park and feeds on the small crustaceans in the lakes. We camp at the picturesque northern end of Lake Meston, which provides a fantastic view of the Traveller Range which shields the Overland Track beyond.
Day 5: Lake Meston to Lake Bill – 7km 4 Hours
From our camp at the Northern end of Lake Meston, we walk along half way along the western shoreline to Lake Meston Hut. At this junction we then head north west passing below Mt Ragoona to Lake Myrtle for lunch. After lunch it is a short 2 hour walk down a river valley to our camp at Lake Bill.
Day 6: Lake Bill to Mersey Valley Road – 5km 2.5 Hours
It is a short walk today back to the Mersey Valley Road. The walk along Blizzard Plains is followed by a steep descent to the valley floor. Our drive back stops at the Mole Creek Hotel for lunch and then onto Launceston, arriving by 4pm.