Kitchen Hut Cradle Mountain Tasmania
High above Lake Dove (Cradle Mountain Tasmania) on the Overland Track is the majestic Kitchen Hut, an Australian Alpine Hut. Quite a walk and I would not recommend it for the unfit but on a beautiful day this location is truly magic. I captured this image the day after the big snow storm blasted it’s way through the mountains (this was the first day of Summer 2011). There are two ways to Kitchen Hut from the car park at Cradle Mountain. I chose the more inland walk from Dove lake which initially was quite steep initially but flattened out making the going quit easy.
When walking on this track I cold not but notice that somebody was in front of me by no more than one hour, there deep snow melted tracks gave them away. The tracks were deep enough to suggest that they were carrying packs ( I thought probably they were walking the Overland Track . Which covers some 65km from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair). Some time later it appeared that they stubbled and landed face first in to the melting snow. Easy to do with a heavy pack.
kitchen Hut offered me a great place to have lunch and enjoy the fresh mountain air of Cradle Mountain. I fond this hut particularly interesting because there are two doors one at ground level the other in the loft which suggests that the snow can get so high there that the only exit from the hut can be the higher door. I returned back to the Cradle Mountain car park via the lower of the two tracks. I was not expecting a very steep decent down a rocky face, so steep in fact a chain was supplied for you to hold and stay safe.
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