|The walk started well, nice and easy|
|Steep going up!|
|And steep going down!|
|Kate found it easier to go down sideways!|
It just seemed to go on and on but we finally reached the top. Wheeww! We made it! But then, I remembered what goes up has got to come DOWN! OMG! This was a nightmare. One step down, SLIP, another step down, SLIDE, another step down, STUMBLE. This went on and on until we reached what I thought was the end of the trail only to be told but my dear friend Kate that we had another TWO of these hills to negotiate.
|The view towards Stewart Head|
|Me, smiling for the camera without falling|
"This trail is not too long (5.7km) but because of its steepness is better suited to fairly fit walkers. You will need to exercise care with your footing on loose surfaces. Begin at the Great Northern Carpark and follow the directions for the Magazine Road Escape trail until you get to the top of the steep fire trail slope where the Escape trail turns off. Walk upwards a little further on the Firetrail and follow it as it turns to the left. You are now on the Mt Ida Loop, which is the continuation of the well-formed fire trail. You will now have three distinct steep climbs and descents across the three peaks of Mt Ida. Many mineshafts are evident and spectacular views across Herberton and the neighbouring valleys will be seen. At the top of Mt Ida you can also look behind you to the left and see the cliffs of Stewart Head in the distance - another walking track destination. You will also notice the different vegetation on the peak - mountain heath plants are making their appearance. Keep following the fire trail to return to the bitumen at Mowbray Road. This road leads you back towards the township, past the Childrens Centre to to return to the Great Northern Carpark."
|Paper Daisies along the trail|
|The boys resting!|