Tharwa 44 km. Please note that Adaminaby is 37 km in the opposite direction
Shanahans Mountain Walking Track car park
Shanahans Mountain Walking Track car park located on the left hand side of the road if you are coming from Tharwa. Note the car park sign situated on the left of the image
Shanahans Mountain Walking Track car park
The Shanahans Mountain Walk is another of the walks located at the southern end of the Namadgi National Park on the way to Adaminaby. Located a further 3.6 km on from the Yerrabi Track walk this shortish walk is worth while doing as the second walk of the day after you have done the Yerrabi Track walk. The climb up to the summit is steady but not overly steep so it is suitable for most walkers. While only a short way away from the Yearrabi Track, the vegetation definitely has a very different feel about it – you feel you are in a totally different region.
On your way to Shanahans Mountain you should stop off at the Hospital Hill lookout which you drive straight past – it is well worth the visit. Once you leave this lookout you will reach the trail head a further 8.1 km down the road where there is a small signposted car park on the left hand side that will fit about 6six cars. Turn off the road and the car parking is about a further 40 metres in. All up that is just on 44 km from the Tharwa Bridge. Although the walk is well known, it is rare to see large numbers of people on this walk unless you have brought them with you.
This trail has limited signage with the trail head sign being the only text; there are a number of arrows on posts that keep you on track. Follow the trail up the hill and keep to the left when you come to a fork in the trail as this trail is actually a loop and you will return back to the car park on the opposite fork. When you reach the top of the trail, you will parallel the management road and as the trail flattens out, again keep towards the left as the trail arrow is not so easy to find. From here its a short walk to the first viewing area. This area provides good views of the valley below but is not the main peak. From here you appear to start heading down but in actuality you are heading along the ridge line and after another 100 m+ the trail opens out onto the main viewing areas with views to the south east.
The trail then loops down around the hill and returns you to the starting point. The vegation on the return trip is again different from the first half of the trip so it is worthwhile having a good look around particularly in spring when much of the native wildflowers will be out in bloom.
This is a nice, relatively easy walk and worthwhile doing in conjunction with the Yerrabi Track. If you only have time to do one short walk in this area of the park do the Yerrabi track walk which has more variety and better views (towards the Snowy Mountains) on offer.
The small car park will cater for about six cars
Trail head sign. The only other signage on the trail is direction arrows
Heading to the summit you will come to a fork in the trail. Keep to the left as you will circle around and come down from the other direction. Note the trail direction arrows on the left of the image
The bushland is quite dense in this area due to the 2003 Canberra fires
I always love the patterns on the scribbly gums which are made by a moth larvae
Dense lichen on a small tree
These random fire places seem to be everywhere in this area of the park
Shanahans Mountain first summit area
First viewing area panorama. The main area is another 100 metres further along the ridge line
Looking down into the valley below
Shanahans Mountain Track Google map showing the distance from Tharwa Bridge to the trail head car park.
The whole trip from the Tharwa Bridge is just on 44 km
Yankee Hat turnoff. Keep to the left and head towards Adaminaby
End of the bitumen road. The dirt road from here on is usually in good condition
Road warning sign. You’ve been warned!
Hospital Hill lookout car park
Hospital Hill lookout. Stopping here is worth the trip itself either on the way to your walk or on the return trip
Hospital Hill lookout signage
Tim and Gill at Hospital Hill lookout. The views from here are well worth the stop; and yes its cold
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker