As promised here is the second part of my Kinglake adventure! After visiting Mason Falls and some smaller waterfalls I did a 5.6km hike (return). As aforementioned in my other most recent blog, Kinglake National Park has multiple hiking trails and is very much a ‘choose your own’ adventure type of experience.
Running Creek Track
I chose to hike along the Running Creek Track. This track begins behind the stairs near the Mason Falls Viewing Platform. It follows the same path to Mt. Sugarloaf which is a much longer hike.
I found this hike to be incredibly difficult. It probably doesn’t help that I am not very fit at the moment.
The terrain was super steep!
There were many steep hills to walk up and down. I was shuffling slowly down some of them because they were so steep. Some of the trail was rocky with lots of loose small rocks that were slippery to walk on. I nearly fell multiple times and actually fell once (and nearly cried lol). I didn’t cry though, I told myself that it was okay and I was fine and I got back up and kept on hiking! Such a brave woman I am haha ummm. I need to invest in proper hiking shoes! If you have any recommendations of brands please comment and tell me!
A change of scenery
On this hike, the scenery goes from Australian bush to more rainforest-like with lots of ferns and greener vegetation.
I walked to the ferny nook and as the name implies it had lots of Ferns.
I could often hear water running but could not see the source due the thick vegetation surrounding the trail.
I did come across two small creeks on this walk. I reached Hazel Glade and stopped when I came to a sign saying that I had walked 2.8km and turned around. If I was fitter I would’ve definitely continued onto Mt. Sugarloaf.
I was very exhausted from the constant hills and practically limped back haha and I limped for days after (I wish I was joking). Do not do this hike if you are unfit or out of practice unless you want to suffer – start with an easier trail.
The beauty of this particular trail though is that if you park your car in Mason Falls Picnic Ground Car Park you can see the waterfall twice which is quite a nice treat.
I have started a training regime this week to help improve my performance on hikes so that they are more enjoyable. Hopefully, in a few weeks time, I’ll be powering through these hikes like a pro ;)!
I hope you enjoyed this post :).