Mount Pelion East
|Mount Pelion East|
Mount Pelion East
|Elevation||1,461 m (4,793 ft)|
|Prominence||335 m (1,099 ft)|
|Isolation||3.23 km (2.01 mi)|
|Parent peak||Mount Ossa|
|Listing||25th highest mountain in Tasmania|
|Location||Central Highlands, Tasmania, Australia|
|Topo map||Tasmap Cathedral 1:25000|
|Age of rock||Jurassic|
|Easiest route||Walk / hike via the Overland Track from Pelion Gap|
With an elevation of 1,461 metres (4,793 ft) above sea level, the mountain is the 25th highest mountain in Tasmania, slightly higher than the better known Frenchmans Cap at 1,446 metres (4,744 ft). Unlike Mount Pelion West, Pelion East is not a massive mountain, more pinnacle-like, the spire shape having been caused by harsh glacial erosion many thousands of years ago.
Location and access
The mountain summit is at grid reference 225655 UTM Zone 55S and high resolution topographical information is available on Tasmap Cathedral 1:25000. To the west is Mount Pelion West, due north is Lake Ayr, due east is Curate Bluff in the Cathedral Mountain range, and due south is Mount Massif. The mountain is made up of dolerite and the lower slopes are covered in low scrub, including scoparia. This mountain is approximately midway between Pelion Hut and Kia Ora Hut on the Overland Track which passes within 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) of the summit.
Mount Pelion East may be accessed via the Overland Track from Cradle Mountain during the main walking season from November to April when a booking and fee system applies. During this walking period the track is restricted to limited numbers and north-south traffic only is permitted. In the off-season, walking is also allowed from the south at Lake St Clair. Another access route is the combined Arm River and Innes Tracks which passes Lake Ayr and joins the Overland Track at Pelion Plains. A wider overview of the area and access points is available on the Tasmap Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair map and notes publication.
This mountain can be climbed from the Overland Track which passes by very closely at Pelion Gap, at an elevation of 1,126 metres (3,694 ft).
Pelion Gap and Mount Pelion East
Mount Massif on the left and Mount Ossa on the right as seen from the summit of Mount Pelion East
- "LISTmap (Mount Pelion East)". Department of Primary Industries and Water. Government of Tasmania. Retrieved 29 February 2008.
- "Mount Pelion East, Australia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- "Mount Pelion East (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.