Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

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Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby Mowser » Thu 31 Jan, 2019 4:22 pm

Has anyone done or know anyone that's attempted Mt Emmett from the Forth Valley? Patons road still looks ok on foot/bike but might be a good way to walk Emmett. Might make a good off track weekend mission. If anyone has any info please PM me. Cheers.
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby Paul » Sat 02 Feb, 2019 5:48 pm

Can anyone avise how far up Patons Road, toward the old Wolfram Mine, is accessible by 4wd ?

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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby teak » Sun 03 Feb, 2019 7:01 am

The Parks website shows that Patons road is closed 2.5 kilometres past Lemonthyme power station to all unauthorised vehicles.
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby Hot073 » Tue 19 Feb, 2019 8:12 pm

Patons road is only really accessible now by bike or walking,you can drive in about 2 km from power station ,from there it’s another 23 km to wolfram mine,done this trip many times!
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Wed 20 Feb, 2019 5:39 am

Hot073 wrote:Patons road is only really accessible now by bike or walking,you can drive in about 2 km from power station ,from there it’s another 23 km to wolfram mine,done this trip many times!



Interesting. Is the old track to Pelion still evident in any places from there?
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby bushwalker zane » Wed 20 Feb, 2019 1:36 pm

ILUVSWTAS wrote:Interesting. Is the old track to Pelion still evident in any places from there?


I'd be interested too! I recall my Dad talking about when he did this walk (probably around 30-35 years ago) and saying it was getting pretty overgrown then...
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby north-north-west » Wed 20 Feb, 2019 4:57 pm

I shall let you know if and when i ever get around to doing it. It is on the hit list (like a lot of things).
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby Hot073 » Sun 24 Feb, 2019 4:16 pm

I’ve heard of the track to Pelion and looked for it a couple of years ago when in there!Id say it’s overgrown as I didn’t find any trace of it!
I believe it’s called the Forth Valley Track and used to come out at Old Pelion Hut.
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby north-north-west » Tue 06 Apr, 2021 4:22 pm

north-north-west wrote:I shall let you know if and when i ever get around to doing it. It is on the hit list (like a lot of things).


Time for the update.

First, Patons Road.
The first 8.2km (acc to the GPS) of Patons has been flashed up recently: some parts have been widened, the surface improved, culverts installed, a neat little ford to replace the washed-out bridge. This means that, provided the creek is not flooded, it's 2wdable (standard passenger car) to the NP boundary.
There is a gate at the 5km mark but, going on the evidence, it is seldom, if ever, locked. Just past the gate you will pass an army of Private Property signs. It's a public road so provided you stay on the road easement, the signs can be ignored. Once the NP boundary is reached the road narrows, there are "unmaintained blah blah experienced 4WDer blah blah" warnings and there are few places to turn or park, so due caution about decisions to try to push further in if the vehicle is not suitable.

The remaining roughly 20km to the mines is highly variable. Perhaps half of it is 2wdable. Perhaps half of the remainder is SUV-friendly. The rest is "experienced 4WDer" (or ATV or trail bike) terrain; steep bits, very rough bits, deep washouts, wet bits etc, all intermixed and frequently changing. And a chainsaw would be a good idea; northh of the boundary it doesn't seem too be prone to treefalls, but further south there have been some doozies.
It does make for a wonderful walk due to the vegetation and the river (which it gets very close to on occasion) - provided, that is, that you get it as it was when I walked in: vehicle-free. It seems the whole area is popular with the ATV/trail bike crowd so it's not a place to walk during long weekends or school holidays.

The mine area is interesting and has good camping. There is also a largeish clearing about 1.5 - 2kim to the north, which makes a good alternative campsite. Plus a few other spots including river flats that would be wonderful as long as there hasn't been too much rain.
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby north-north-west » Tue 06 Apr, 2021 4:31 pm

Part two: Forth Valley Track.

TasPAWS (or someone) got their finger out earlier this year, and took to the track with brushcutter, chainsaw, marking tape and a *&^%$#@! of lemon squash. The previously overgrown sections (mainly in the higher bit between the top of the climb and Douglas Creek) have been cleared enough to be walkable. Most of the old snowpoles north of the forest are still there; where they are missing, tape or other markers (the aforementioned lemon squash cans) have been placed. Fallen timber in the forest has, where necessary, been cut or bypassed. The forest, however, remains the same: lush, green, leaf-carpeted and full of fungi. The zig zag climb up beside Douglas Creek is slow and seems to never end, but so what?

It's a great walk. It would make a really good loop with a car shuffle between Patons and the Arm River or Lees Paddocks trackheads.
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby Lostwanderer » Wed 01 Sep, 2021 6:05 pm

This track has been maintained by the friends of Patons Rd.It is not however a public road and hydro Tasmania will be closing it emphatically in the next few weeks.They are digging up the road over the Lemonthyme Creek and diverting the already diverted Mersey River down the creek.There will be no escape for any vehicles left stranded on the road when this occurs.So it will be back to a long walk in.But at least no fear of being run over.
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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby Paul » Tue 07 Sep, 2021 9:59 am

How will owners of land further along Patons Road get access if Hydro block it at Lemonthyne Creek ?

Is there access via Dove River Road to Pallawah Road, to Patons Road ?

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Re: Mt Emmett from Forth River/Patons Road

Postby Lostwanderer » Tue 07 Sep, 2021 5:33 pm

Distraught landowners are in discussions with hydro forestry and parks atm but no one is leaping in to rebuild access.Guy Barnett has been asked to intervene.It is not possible to access the road via pallawah road even if they reinstate the pallawah bridge which is currently closed.Perhaps a kayak and a mountain bike?Cradle mountain canyoning we’re taking commercial tours in there and are a bit disappointed too.It has been suggested to hydro that they inform the public but as yet I don’t think they have done so.
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