Hartz Peak & Mount Snowy Track, Hartz Mountains NP Tasmania
The route to Hartz Peak (1254m) and Mount Snowy (1160m) makes for excellent alpine walking, with a variety of alpine plants, rugged peaks, and extensive views.
The weather put on a bit of a show for us when we climbed to Hartz Peak and Mount Snowy, situated high up in Hartz Mountains National Park about 90 minutes from Hobart. Starting off in sleet, we ascended through a thin layer of snow into thick atmospheric mist, which then cleared to reveal excellent views of the surrounding area. This is a classic Tasmanian alpine day walk.
The route we walked was a partial circuit, but the return track from Mount Snowy was sometimes indistinct to non-existent, and in sections we either stomped on alpine plants or got caught in thick scrub, so you might consider walking back over Harzt Peak, or indeed stopping at Hartz Peak would be a decent walk and covers most of the views. It’s on the hard side of moderate if you do the walk as depicted here. Track notes at the end.
As for all of our Tassie walks so far we used the track notes in Tasmanian Day Walks. I don’t think this full walk is described online, but getting to Hartz Peak and back is straightforward: there’s information on the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Website. From Hartz Peak to Mount Snowy requires some boulder hopping, keeping to the right (west) and below the top of the rocky ridge that leads down to a saddle below Mount Snowy. You’ll eventually pick up on a track but then its up through rocks to the top of Mount Snowy.
To do the full walk with a circuit gets a bit tricky around Emily Tarn where the track is indistinct, (the tricky thing is to pick your way through the delicate alpine plants), and the track is hard to follow with intermittent bush bashing through thick and tall scrub when you pass Arthur Tarn and head back over to the main track on the saddle between Hartz Peak and the Devils Backbone. You’ll want to get good track notes for this section, and I just realised when re-reading ours that we walked to the wrong side of Emily Tarn: the route shows that you keep right of Emily Tarn (we went left), and climb up to a saddle to meet the more distinct track down to Arthur Tarn. Exiting at the tarn outlet, you descend for a while along the creek bed, then you have to follow cairns to the left and through scrub back to the main saddle; the track in this section often splits and some routes will lead you to impassable sections of scrub so you may have to double back.