Mt Difficult to Briggs Bluff loop
This one is definitely not for the fainthearted, but I have to admit it was an absolute blast!
A few words of caution before you attempt this; this track is not the easiest and you will need a well prepared pack, a good GPs or topographical map to help you navigate and plenty of water as it was fairly dry in winter and I think would almost completely dry up during the summer months.
Start the walk by taking the steep ascent to Mt Difficult from the Troopers creek camp ground (for a full review of this section see the Mt Difficult day walk page). From there follow the well marked track to the Mt Difficult hiker camp site. Here you will need to turn east to south east (an arrow on the rock face points to the start of the next section so look out for it) and follow the markers for just under a kilometre through a pleasant track which takes you through scrub and low forest. Once you get to the east side of the mountain, you will begin a quick decent through a forested area. Once you hit the bottom you will come to the second camp site - Long Point West hikers camp site. Follow the fire trail for around 1 1/2 - 2 kilometres until you come to the Long Point East hikers camp site.
We decided to overnight it here rather than push on to Briggs Bluff as we set off a little later than expected and wanted to set up camp before dark. While the camp site didn't command impressive views, it was still very pleasant (however no toilets or bins are provided at any of the camp sites with the exception of Troopers creek, so please make sure you take or bury any organic waste and carry out any rubbish with you!).
Day two saw us leave camp at around 8am. We took the walking track that start almost opposite the camp sites' entrance. From here you make a a quick ascent for about a kilometer through a sandy soil track. There is a little river which crosses here, so if you have brought either a water purifier or iodine tablets, this is a good spot to refill your water bottles (beware that this may dry up during the hotter months so please take plenty of water with you!) once you have reached the summit you will find a very easy track for a couple of kilometers before coming to the northern side of the mountain. You will then begin a very steep decent to a rocky valley below.
I must say that this area was one of my favorites as it commanded spectacular views and the silence was awe inspiring!
Once you leave this area you will begin to climb again until you reach the Briggs Bluff hiker campsite (there are a couple of small campsites before this so make sure you don't take the wrong turnoff). Keep following the marked trail until you reach the junction which will either take you southwest to Beehive falls or briefly west and then north to the Bluff.
The Bluff is definitely worth a look with the view from its summit being breathtaking.
Return by the same track past the Briggs Bluff hikers campsite and follow the track for another 300 meters before taking the southwest track at the junction. You will climb a short while through a rocky area before reaching the ridge of the mountain.This section was also very beautiful and gives you excellent photo opportunities. Continue to follow this track west until you reach the Mt Difficult Hikers campsite once again.
From here follow the track you came up on the first day to get you back to Troopers creek campground.