Date: 24 October 2010
Walkers: Maree, Myself
Mt. Edwards is located in the Moogerah Peaks National Park near Aratula. We arrived at the picnic area at the base of the mountain next to the Moogerah Damn at around 8:45 in the morning. Temperatures had been reasonably high over the last few days so we wanted to get going reasonably early. The track started on the other side of the dam wall which is open to the public to walk across during the day.
The track started up hill immediately and headed up beside Reynolds Creek Gorge which runs between Mt. Edwards and Little Mt. Edwards. After walking for roughly 30 minutes we reached Reynolds Outlook, located on a rocky outcrop which provided views across to Little Mt. Edwards and up and down the gorge.
After leaving the outlook the track became much less formed and significantly steeper with plenty of large rocky steps cut out of the track by erosion. After ascending the Southern Ridge, the track then followed this to the top. The foliage was unusual with the occasional hoop pine among the eucalypts. There were plenty of grass trees along the higher ridges.
We reached the peak roughly 2 hours after leaving the car. This allowed for plenty of rest breaks along the way. There were plenty of unobstructed views to the North from the peak across to Mt. French. A small track lead around to the West to provide some more views to the South towards the range. The descent took about 1 hour with minimal stoppages. Overall, a very enjoyable, reasonably challenging and excellent bang for your buck walk.