Capes Pass Trail
ElevationAscent: 4,152' 1,265 m
Descent: -4,141' -1,262 m
High: 1,607' 490 m
Low: 38' 12 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
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“Sold as a three day clamping experience, this incredible trail is possible in one day.”— Josh Pewter
You must register yourself with the Tasmanian Parks office situated at the bay that you are going to be returning within a day. There is 3G signal at the starting point; however, it will be rare beyond here, so let someone know of your plans.
You must also purchase a parks pass in advance. This is easily done online through the government website and must be displayed in your vehicle.
The first 10km of the route is the most rugged as it's not part of the glamping route; however, as far as trails go, it's well sign posted. Look out for snakes on Snake Hill, although they're usually more scared of you! All flatlands are maintained with wooden boards and bush well maintained.
At the main junction, head straight onto Cape Pillar Track. As you approach the end of the trail that heads out to Cape Pillar, you'll notice a change in the trail. Most of the rugged terrain has been replaced with boardwalks, benches, and sculptures. Munro Campsite is a great place to refill your waterparks and use the facilities.
Expect steps out to Cape Pillar and undulating surfaces. The views are stunning once you get there. You then proceed back the way you came until you reach the 4-way junction and head right onto Three Capes Track. You then head towards Mount Fortescue and Cape Huay. At the base of Mount Fortescue is Retakunna Cabin which is again another good place to refill and replenish. Expect steep ascents but well kept steps, taking you up to 1,608 feet. After this, follow a nice, shallow descent back towards Fortescue Bay.
Any icy cold bath in the sea caps off a superb trail, well worth a trip.
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