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We enjoyed walking to the summit of Mount Tennent so much that we decided to walk it again but this time using the fire trail that starts on Apollo Road (south of the Namadgi National Park visitor’s centre). We parked in the small dirt car-park 300 m up the hill from the start of the fire trail and climbed through the gate onto the fire trail. It’s an easy walk to begin with, passing through paddocks and across a creek.
As the track entered the forest we began a steady and, at times, steep climb upwards on a good quality fire trail. The walking trail from the Namadgi visitor’s centre is certainly more picturesque because it is narrow and enveloped by the bush, whereas the fire trail is wide, but at least the verges are in good condition with few weed infestations so it still made for pleasant walking.
As the path reached a plateau we saw many granite tors and some were covered with pretty green moss.
After reaching the top of the hill we reached a plateau and then followed the ridge as we swept around to the other side of Mount Tennent for the final ascent. We reached the point where the walking track joins the fire trail and once more we encountered an Outward Bound group of weary teenagers. We also encountered a small group of retirees walking at different paces.
We took a short break at the summit, sitting on the granite tor near the bushfire tower before making a fast descent. Along the way we saw many different and lovely fungus and I’ve included some photos here.
It was a slightly longer walk than from the other side of Mount Tennent and we walked it faster and enjoyed our feelings of fitness and health that are allowed by our grain and sugar free diets.