Toolangi Forest, Tanglefoot Trail, 20/8/22

Text HR, CB, photos AM,CB

Walk in the Toolangi State Forest along the Tanglefoot Trail Saturday 20 August 2022

Thirteen intrepid walkers, including three visitors, braved the wet conditions in Melbourne and headed north to the Toolangi State Forest.

It rained for most of the walk; however it was never heavy rain, just annoying drizzle. The track was slushy and littered with bark shed by the trees, with a few sections of rough stones and the occasional rivulet deciding to ‘share the path’ with us. We also had to cross a couple of small creeks and climb over fallen trees.

The forest is a beautiful temperate forest of Mountain Ash, Tree Ferns, Sassafras and Myrtle Beeches. Many bushes haven’t yet started to bloom but the Mint Bushes and the Sassafras make the air very fragrant in places. Some of the more mature Mountain Ash are truly gigantic.

Our minds became very focused on leeches about half way into the walk. John appeared to collect more of them than anyone else (I think he found 9). The walk ended prematurely, the walkers having decided unanimously that they had done their bit against the elements. We gathered in Kinglake for excellent coffee and cakes.

We all expressed our appreciation of Corinne for single-handedly scoping the walk and leading it.