King William I apparently died from infection after being wounded in battle! The things you learn when out walking :). This is a special peak, and a really lovely little easy walk. I’d selected it because I was 2 points of 200, and I wanted something kind of nice, but a day walk, which meant not heaps of driving. And though the weather didn’t cooperate, it was still a great walk. Just can’t wait to go back to see the views that are supposed to be pretty stunning!
Anyway, I was lucky enough to be joined by two friends, one of whom has a wife as a history teacher, and it’s her I owe credit to for knowing how King William I died. Given the drive, we started out early enough, and were at the start of the track by 7.45. The track is easy to get to.. just drive up to Lake St Clair, on past The Wall, and turn left at 55G 430226 5329342 (as per the Abels description). You follow the road a short way in, 1.3km, and there’s a road to the right and a small clearing to park, just before a gate. There’s also I think a clearing on the left a little further after the road to the right, if you’re in a larger group and have more cars.
The track follows a 4wd track used to access the fire lookout at the top of King William, which hasn’t been used for a bit cos there’s a great big tree across it right near the start. It’s easy walking, even when talking, and easy navigating.
You then get to a bit of a clearing after 4.4km, and there’s a log book near the start of the track, which heads off west, and up to the summit. We were there by 9, having walked at an easy pace. The track winds its way up and behind the northern side of the peak, as there’s cliffs on the eastern side. It’s a pretty good track too. When you pop out on top, you can explore the various buildings they have up there, including the little fire ‘igloo’ :p… well it’s round and white and in the conditions we were in it brought the term ‘igloo’ to mind! The high point is just past it. We were there an hour later, though it’s only 744 metres from the log book if you follow the track.
We sheltered inside, out of the rain and driving wind, and decided that we’d start to wander over towards Pitt and Milligan. But the wind was blowing the rain straight in our faces, and it was cold and quite stingy. We had nothing other than points to gain, as there was no view, so we decided to turn around and come back another day, for both view and points. We were down well within 2 hours.
Instead, we treated ourselves to a burger at the Hungry Wombat, and a biscuit each in celebration, and headed home, happy. It was another one of those walks that is enjoyable in a different kind of way in the rain and mist, especially with good company :).
All up: 10.8km, 4.52hrs, 602m ascent.