Hacket Hut & Whispering FallsBeginner
Submitted by Talei Hayward
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Back country - remote
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
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From the picnic area, cross the wooden bridge and follow the well sign-posted 4 wheel drive road (initially) and single track to Hacket Hut. The trail is rocky and rooty in most parts with several short detours due to washouts. You can take a side detour to Whispering Falls (1km each way). On this detour there is a river crossing where the bridge has been washed out so you may get wet feet and this is not advised if the river is in flood or flowing swiftly after rain. The track to Whispering Falls becomes a bit of an uphill scramble near the Falls. The Falls are spectacular and well worth the detour if there has been rain fairly recently but disappointing if the weather has been dry for a long time!
The Hacket Hut is a 6 bunk hut with a toilet (long drop) and a log burner in a clearing with a picnic table near a river. I didn't notice if there was a water supply at the hut but I'm pretty sure you can drink from the river as it looked absolutely pristine.
Features of interest
Waterfalls, swing bridges, disused Chromite mine, Back Country hut (Hacket Hut).
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 30%
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Gravel Road: 10%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Park at the picnic area at the end of Hacket Creek Road (off Aniseed Valley Road).
Parking is available and plentiful at the picnic area at the end of Hacket Creek Road.
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Well signposted trail.
Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies.
Most of the trail is riverside and I believe the water is usually potable.
In a valley so in winter there wouldn't be much sun on the trail and it could be freezing. Not recommended to cross the river after heavy rain. Trail has had numerous washouts in the past due to rain so caution advised if running in very rainy conditions or after heavy falls. No cell phone reception so care needed especially if running solo. Track was fairly well-populated in December when I ran it but not sure about the likelihood of meeting people on it during the winter period.
Washouts, uneven terrain, remote (no cellphone reception).
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