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A panoramic view of Lake St Clair, Mt Olympus, Mt Byron and Mt Hugel from the top of a rocky peak. A lesser-walked track but one that combines great views with some alpine lakes and rainforest areas.

Swamp or Wetland
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Starts/finishes at Lake St Clair Lodge (Cynthia Bay). Approx 2:15hrs from Launceston and 2:30hrs from Hobart.


4233 Rufus 1:25K (south end of lake)
TASMAP Lake St Clair Day Walk Map (print & digital options)

Route/Trail notes

Follow the Watersmeet Nature Walk to Watersmeet where the Cuvier and Hugel Rivers meet. Turn left and follow the signposted track to Shadow Lake. The track winds through rainforest and across a bridge over the Hugel River. At Shadow Lake take the Hugel Track past Forgotten Lake (from the lake the track is sometimes wet and muddy). The track turns uphill through a forest of pandani, myrtle, deciduous beech and snow gums. The last section of the track is steep, up across a cairned route on boulders and scree to the summit


National Park entry fee payable.

Other References

Lake St Clair Day Walks Fact Sheet -


GPS Tracks

  • No GPS available for this walk yet.


A great walk - did this as an extension of the Mt Rufus circuit. Nice views and fun climbing the boulder field to the top!

Oliver Descoeudres on 6 Jan, 2019


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