Today’s hike on the Face Track is a world-class walk and is somewhat challenging, but the payoff is immense as awe-inspiring views dominate virtually the whole journey. The walk begins in a pleasant gully of beech forest and small waterfalls and ascends to the alpine plateau via Crater Lake and a button grass moorland. At Kitchen Hut, beneath the summit is a magic place to take lunch and admire the view over the lake and the magnificent valley below. Here’s your chance to summit Cradle Mountain, however it requires scrambling, a head for heights and a high level of fitness, so it is not recommended unless you are strong and fit. We head home via the Face Track passing Lake Wilks while taking in the alternate magnificent views out towards the Walls of Jerusalem. If you wish, there are further options to continue walking.
Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 12km / 6–7 hrs / shorter or easier option available
Meals: Chef-cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course a la carte dinner at Peppers Cradle Mountain Restaurant
Accommodation: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge in ensuite rooms