One of the most popular and spectacular walking tracks on kunanyi/Mt Wellington has re-opened in time for snow walks now that freezing ground conditions have forced track workers off the mountain.
For more than a century the Zig Zag Track has been a major walking route to the mountain summit. However, the elements have taken their toll, and the track now needs considerable work to repair erosion and make it safer for walkers and runners.
The first stage of the project started in January, with stone work laid all the way to the first major turn in the track at 800 metres above sea level.
The arrival of winter makes working at such high elevations dangerous for the team from Trailblazer Tracks and they will take a break while the track is re-opened to the public.
A century of change
Built in the early 1900s as a section of the Pinnacle Track, the Zig Zag Track can be challenging for walkers, especially in snow and ice.
Years of foot traffic and the harsh mountain weather have eroded parts of the track, digging out the original surface soil and leaving patchworks of rocks that can prove difficult to negotiate.
The work on the Zig Zag Track will make it a much safer walking route, while maintaining its important heritage values and sense of wilderness.
Stay safe on the mountain
If venturing up the mountain over winter, walkers are reminded that many of the tracks above The Springs traverse alpine environments, and poor weather can create dangerous conditions.
The Zig Zag Track, the Ice House Track and South Wellington Track all traverse alpine environments, and inclement weather can create dangerous walking conditions.
South Wellington Track offers little shelter and is recommended for well-equipped, experienced walkers, but in good weather it is a stunning plateau walk that rewards those that slow down and take in the majesty of the mountain.
It crosses an open, alpine landscape that feels as old as time. Beautifully weathered rock formations stand like mountain sentinels against the dramatic backdrop of Hobart and the River Derwent to the east, and the wide open vista of the dramatic southwest.