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Mount Bogong

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Part of the Alpine National Park, Mount Bogong is the highest mountain in Victoria with its peak reaching 1,986 m above sea level.  The mountain is a popular backcountry skiing location, for bush walking and of course, for hikers willing to ascend to its peak.   The snow coverage occurs only in the mid winter through spring months but otherwise the mountain provides stunning views of the Victorian alps. 

Mt Bogong
By Luke Bartosik [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
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The snow covered summit  of Mount Bogong.  In addition to the summit being 1986m above sea level, the mountain rises directly 1,600 metres from the township of Mount Beauty to the mountain top.

Mount Bogong - The Staircase Spur
By DR101au (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsBy DR101au (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Staircase Spur is the most direct route to the summit and begins at the Mountain Creek Picnic Area and proceeds 19.3kms to the top.

Bogong High Plains Road 15 Stevage
By Steve Bennett [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Stretching out south of the mountain is the Bogong High Plains.  The plains have long been used by high country cattlemen and now also cross country skiing and bush hiking

One of the refuge huts is the Cleve Cole hut, located at 1,760m. The hut is named after Cleve Cole, who in 1936, as part of a party of three hiking from the Bogong High Plains to the mountain, lost his life.  As a result the hut was built as a refuge for hikers and backcountry skiers.