Hike/ Hill Climb Mt Juliet 8.5km, 900m climb VERY HARD Grade 4

Melbourne Outdoor Fitness - Hike, Run, Ride & Group Training
Melbourne Outdoor Fitness - Hike, Run, Ride & Group Training
Public group

Fernshaw Picnic Ground

Maroondah Highway · Fernshaw

How to find us

We'll meet at the Fernshaw picnic ground carpark just past the entrance of the trail, as parking by the trail is almost non existent. Look for a dark grey BMW, Rego is CRI5S We may need to all squeeze into 2-3 cars to get to the start-finish area.

Location image of event venue

What we'll do


It’s a nasty, walking/running trail between Warburton and Fernshaw. This’ll be a test of your fitness. I'll be repeating it 3-4 per year to see how my fitness is progressing, you're welcome to join me at your own risk.

Mount Juliet is among the highest peaks in the Yarra Ranges region, with a very steep single track leading to the 1120m summit. The highest summit in the park is nearby Mt Donna Buang at 1223m. You won't see it.

Mt Juliet is one of several trigonometric cairns remaining from the original Geodetic Survey of Victoria. The summit climb is among the most difficult in the Ranges, with a rise in altitude from 211m to 1120m, with the final section over rocks, fallen trees, slippery mud and parts of the trail may be over grown.

No views and very little reward when you reach the top. Only about 4km long and we’ll come back the same way we went up. The last km may force you on your hands and knees. There may be leaches. This is not for the feint hearted. You may be on your own at times if the group spreads out. There no chance of getting lost though. Go at your own pace. Bring food, drink, first aid kit, hiking shoes. NO RUNNING SHOES you’ll needs lots of grip.

You are responsible for your own saftey and actions on this climb.