The climb to the summit (1275 metres) is a difficult walk. The
mountain is commonly covered in snow in winter time and, like all
mountains in the area, is prone to dramatic and very rapid seasonal
changes. Mount Murchisonis the tallest mountain in Tasmania’s
West Coast Range. As with most of the mountains in the West Coast
Range, the taller ones were named after opponents or critics of Charles
Darwin, the smaller after his supporters.
There is a track but it is not over obvious in parts, but is no problem
to follow. It commences from a few metres south of a track sign
on Anthony Rd. near pole D15 and follows up the ridgethrough forest,
including tall tea trees and then emerges into the open with head high
bushes gradually diminishing in size to waist level before turning
north westerly and ascends cross slope. It involves several scrambles
up rocks. Eventually steepness lessens before a clamber over a small
rocky crest to reveal the central bowl of Mt Murchison and the final
short climb on the sloping rock face to the summit. Allow 4 to 5 hours
The walk to the top of Mount Farrell (712 m) is relatively short (4
km) but in that short distance the track rises 500 metres, so it is for
experienced walkers. Enjoy beautiful views over Lake Rosebery and
Tullah town, Lake Mackintosh, Lake Herbert and the surrounding ranges
including views to Cradle Mt and Barn Bluff from the summit.
Mount Read (1588 m) offers superb views of the entire area. A
walking track up the mountain starts from a Telecom road which is about
1km south of Rosebery. Despite extensive historic mining and human
activity on its slopes, Mount Read has unique and significant stands of
Huon Pine forests on its slopes. To the south east of Mount Read are
many features of glaciation  in what are known as The Tyndalls - as
well as glacial lakes - Lake Westwood, Lake Selina, and Lake Julia.
As colourful a history as that of Mount Lyell, Mount Read has had
mines, settlements and other activities on its slopes for over a
hundred years. The main copper and gold ore bearing deposits in the
West Coast Range are known as occurring in the 'Mount Read Volcanics'
relating to the complex geology of the area. The Hercules Mine on Mount
Read was connected by a 2 foot haulage incline to Williamsford and then
to the North East Dundas Tramway. The haulage was self-acting and one
mile (1.6 km) long and 550 metres high with a maximum gradient of
1 in 5.
Mt Read is the site of the world's oldest clonal tree within a
10,500-year-old stand of Huon Pine. The oldest individual tree or stem
on the site is believed to be 1000 to 2000 years old, though the
organism itself has been living there continuously for 10,500 years.