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Tackling the Tanglefoot Track

Today Shewey and I walked the Tanglefoot Track, which is a bushwalking track that runs along Mt Tanglefoot, near Toolangi and Healesville.  The forest here is largely mountain ash, with beautiful myrtle beech and tree fern rainforest pockets in the gullies.  The route we took was a 16km loop, starting at the Wirrawilla rainforest walk, climbing the Myrtle Gully Track towards the Tanglefoot carpark, along the Tanglefoot Track to Monda Road, and return down Quarry Rd to the car.

Beware the track changes since the 1:25,000 map “Juliet North” was published.  The “new” Tanglefoot Track runs along the western flank of Mt Tanglefoot, and roughly follows a consistent contour until it reaches the Monda Road.  I’m not sure whether the “old” Tanglefoot Track still runs along the top of the ridge as marked on the map.  Following the track signs is straightforward, even if the track isn’t where the old map indicates.

Tanglefoot Track runs parallel to the ridgeline along the western side of the ridge running from Mt Tanglefoot towards Mt St Leonard, staying high enough not to drop down into the valley.  There are some pockets of tree ferns in gullies, and some boardwalk installed in some places.

Here’s a sample of the tall timber forest and tree ferns along the Tanglefoot Track.

Tall timber on Mt Tanglefoot

Boardwalk through the Wirrawilla rainforest walk

Wirrawilla Rainforest

Big mountain ash tree

Mountain ash in Wirrawilla rainforest

New installation on the Tanglefoot Track – a new boardwalk, shelter and water tank, which apparently hasn’t been officially opened yet

Tanglefoot Boardwalk

More tall timber forest

Tall timber on Tangefoot Track

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