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Why this Hike
This moderately challenging hike offers a wide-range of different terrain deep in the heart of Mount Kaputar National Park. This walk is great for newer hikers looking for a challenge to take their skills to the next level along with offering several lookouts offering great views of the surrounding areas.
Track Notes & Overview
Starting from the carpark at the junction of Kaputar Road and Rocky Plateau Firetrail the trail follows the Kaputar Road slowly descending down towards Doug Sky Lookout. The trail continues down this same road until reaching the turn off onto Scutts Hut Firetrail from which you will continue to descend until reaching the junction where you will take a left turning onto Kaputar Plateau Walk. From here the walk will slowly rise passing by Lairds Lookout (a small out and back side track) and Rangers Lookout until linking back to the junction where you started from.
*Note that the first section of the walk can be the most boring as it is 30-40 minutes of road hiking. If you start at Bark Hut you can eliminate a little bit of this when you start but more uphill hiking will be required to complete the circuit.
Packing for a Day Hike
Even if it is just a small day hike, packing is still essential to make sure everyone stays safe and has fun while on your hike. This free packing list will make sure you have everything you need while taking the hassle out of packing.
Food for a Day Hike
Before setting off on a day hike one thing you must do is plan what food you are going to bring with you. Your snacks and lunches should be nutritious, delicious and lightweight but they don't need to be complex.
Our recipe hub includes a range of lunches and snacks perfect for a day hike ranging from easy to create in minutes to tasty creations like you would make at home.
Leave No Trace
A Hikers Friend fully endorses the 7 principles of ‘leave no trace’ hiking which aim to protect our natural spaces and encourages you to apply them on your next adventure.