Mount Owen (Tasmania)
East Mount Owen wall and Lake Burbury from Bradhsaws Bridge
|Elevation||1,146 m (3,760 ft) |
|Prominence||774 m (2,539 ft) |
|Isolation||8.53 km (5.30 mi) |
|Location||West Coast, Tasmania, Australia|
|Parent range||West Coast Range|
|Easiest route||from North West along track to TV tower|
With an elevation of 1,146 metres (3,760 ft) above sea level, like most of the mountains in the West Coast Range, it was named by the geologist Charles Gould after Richard Owen. The taller mountains were named after opponents or critics of Charles Darwin, the smaller after his supporters. The north western slopes are clearly seen from Gormanston and the Linda Valley 'Long Spur'.
Features and access
Historically, the tree line on Mount Owen was to a high level. However, timber on the slopes was used by the local mining operations. In the early days of settlement, fires started on the slopes destroyed housing in Queenstown  and threatened the North Mount Lyell Railway.
A map in Geoffrey Blainey's The Peaks of Lyell, sourced from 1900–1910, calls the north west peak the 'North Spur'. The northern slopes, clearly visible from the Lyell Highway passing through the Linda Valley, show the extent of degradation due to fire, smelter fumes and heavy rainfall. It has small glacial lakes on its upper eastern slope, indicating the extent of glaciation in the King River valley. The western slopes loom over Queenstown and in winter are regularly covered in snow. The eastern wall to its north eastern peak hangs over the western shore of Lake Burbury and, in earlier times, the North Mount Lyell Railway which passed beneath.
There are TV and communications towers on its north west peak (North Spur), which has been used a vehicle access track. Other geological features near Mount Owen include Mount Lyell to the north and Mount Huxley to the south.
People can walk up Mount Owen along a four wheel road. The surface is gravel and rocks. It is a moderate to hard walk and takes about 4 hours including the return trip. The walk starts at Karlson’s Gap, the saddle between Gormanston and Mt Owen.
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