Time 4 - 5hrs Distance 8.8km (return) Grade – Hard
This one is a must do. Unfortunately, due to rainy weather we don't have any video, but there are some photos in the Gallery if you want to get a feel for it. This fantastic walk is rather hard and presents quite a challenge. It can also be done as an overnight walk by incorporating Briggs bluff.
The walk starts at Troopers Creek campground. At first the track meanders through forest which quickly begins to rise. It zig zags up the mountain to a high cliff with wonderful overhangs and impressive rock formations. This section of the track requires lots of scrambling over boulders and up and down stony steps which can be slippery when wet, so make sure you have sturdy foot wear!
Thought the area is quiet dry, there is a fantastic little waterfall about 1/2 way through the walk. This is a great place to stop, catch your breath, taking the views and replenish water bottles is you have a good filter.
Once you reach the Mt Difficult hiker camp site, follow the arrows to your left (the other direction will take you to Briggs Bluff). A quick scramble over the rocky outcrop will take you to the top of the highest point in the Northern Grampians and magnificent 360° views.
For this trip make sure you start off early.It does take 4-5 hours to complete so setting off after 12.00pm in winter is not advisable. Make sure you have sturdy foot wear, plenty of water and some food for energy; you will need it! I would also advise having a decent first aid kit as cuts and scrapes can occur due to the constant scrambling over boulders and make sure you pack extra layers of clothing as the wind on top of the summit can not only be incredibly strong but also cold.