Last week, floodwaters prevented us from reaching the waterfall at the end of the East Haldon valley. This week we thought we’d return to Glen Rock and try our luck again.
To give ourselves the best chance of achieving our goal, we decided to camp out the night before, so that we could get an early start the next morning.
This time of year the nights are cold and the sun sets early. After cooking our dinner we cracked open a few beers and sat around the fire to keep warm.
The night was freezing. Literally. The temperature reached zero degrees. There was frost on the ground in the morning. I was grateful for a loan of Eric’s spare balaclava and sleeping bag liner overnight.
This was as far up the East Haldon valley as we had ever been. The track devolved into a couple of faint tyre tracks in the grass. It was getting harder to pedal.
Eventually the undergrowth grew too thick. So we ditched the bikes and continued on foot.
Our plan was to follow the creek as far as we could. If we were lucky we’d get to the end of the valley and see the waterfall.
This was gorgeous country. Pristine creek waters bubbled over ancient rocks through a rugged forest.
Unfortunately it was tough going. Rock-hopping over slippery boulders is slow and hazardous work.
The banks grew steep, and the creek was full of deep waterholes. It was beautiful, but it was too difficult to proceed any further.
As we turned around and headed back downstream, neither of us were too disappointed.
On the way back down the valley we met Dani and Brett who were also exploring Glen Rock State Forest on bikes. We were delighted when they agreed to ride with us for the rest of our adventure.
We stopped at Abbotts yards to see if there were any mandarins on the tree. One ripe fruit was perched a little to high for us to reach, but it was fun trying.
Brett showed us how to nail the creek crossings without getting our feet wet…
We bashed our way through high weeds around the back of a paddock and said “G’day” to a friendly horse on the way through.
It takes over two hours to drive there from Brisbane, so if you plan on a big adventure it might be helpful to camp there the night before.
Max elevation: 553 m
Min elevation: 346 m
Total climbing: 970 m
Total descent: -962 m
Average speed: 10.02 km/h
Total time: 05:06:16
We travelled just under 30km in around 5 hours. I burned about 2,500 kcal and we climbed about 500 meters.
I’ll rate this ride 7.5 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.
Thanks Eric, Dani and Brett for another memorable adventure!