Oct 12 2019

Black Gully Dam/Careys Creek

Published by under Both Hikers & Trampers

12 clean and dry trampers arrived  with poles and putties at Double Hill carpark(after leaving a car at Evansdale) at 10am ready for this downhill track to Evansdale Glen.  Due to a shower we swapped a layer for a jacket.

We headed off descending through the manuka with views over the gully down to the dam.  (This dark dam along with remaining pipeline was the water supply to the Seacliff Mental Hospital).

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Black Gully Dam – Photo Gordon

After the visit to the dam, creek crossings started along this rather rugged, muddy slippery track to a sheltered spot for smoko at 10:30am.

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Jill doing balancing act at morning tea – Photo – Gordon

 

By memory the muddy patches  were worse than previous trips, which caused the odd member to slip and have a closer look at the mud!

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However, it was great to be amongst such lovely healthy native bush, particularly the fushia and ferns.

We continued crossing Carey’s creek  and walking up the creek bed a couple of times for about 50 metres, often negotiating slippery rocks and mud glorious mud!  Our leader managed to find an umbrella of branches at 12:30 for a  half hour lunch break.

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With the majority of crossings over, the track levelled out and soon we were walking through a grass verged track admiring the lime green willow leaves to the glen.  Careys Creek crossings were counted by 2 members, both arriving at 22.

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Could have been 23, but we walked over the foot bridge at the end.

After arriving at the glen, drivers raced off ahead to pick up cars and drive us to Blue Skin Nursery cafe for our coffee and cake fix.

As always, we all enjoyed the day.  For 8 of the group it was their 1st time on this track with our club.  We needed jackets on, lucky though, no wind and little rain, mainly drips from the trees.  Must admit the putties, pack and jacket were very muddy and took some scrubbing.  However, the boots were clean.

In Anthony Hamel’s book, he quoted—“This is a rugged and remote area and the track can fall into disrepair.  In 2006 The  Green Hut Track Group did many hours of work on this track”.  Once again it is very pleasing to see they have been back on the job and apart from muddy patches today, the track is in very good condition(with new steps dug in a couple of places).  Thanks for your great effort.

Eleanore and Arthur

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