Bushwalk – Somerset Trail and Mount Byron – 26/03/2017

On the 26th March, the club ventured up to Mount Mee, 50 km north-west of Brisbane and met at The Gantry Day Use area.

After meeting, the walkers headed off to do the Somerset Trail in reverse – what a change-up!!

After following the trail for about 5 km, to a creek crossing on a road causeway, the road was followed as it ascended to the western escarpment. At the top, a track to the left was then followed which took the walkers out to the summit of Mount Byron. A search of the summit was made to find an outlook, which ended up on a large rock slab on the western side. Morning tea was held, #walkaboutbear was photographed and on we went for the Somerset Lookout. Following the road back to the junction and then continuing to the road crossing the Somerset Trail was followed to Somerset Lookout.

The lookout gave breathtaking views over Somerset Dam and lake, the northern end of Lake Wivenhoe, Great Dividing Range of the Crows Nest area, upper Brisbane River, and the Brisbane Valley.  Lovely clear day!

The walk then returned to the day use area and it was realised what a long slow descent to the hoop pine forest then a steep climb out to the day use area!

A great day had by all.



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