Hopefully, a little more clarity on the current state of the trail
On 9-Jan-2018 Grinder wrote:
>I think they are trying to be clear to walkers and campers that the campsite
>and trail are closed.
>My understanding is that the campsite is to be closed permanently, but
>the trail will eventually form part of the Grampians Peak Trail, as shown
>on this recent brochure:
>In the meantime, there is no indication that the area is closed to climbing.
>Climbers should be free to access the cliff. The most sensible and lowest
>impact option for that would be to use the existing trail as an access
>trail, being mindful of not interfering with any works along the way or
>worsening any erosion issues. There is no other way of accessing the cliff
>unless you bush-bash.
>I suspect that if you asked Parks directly as an individual they would
>say that the trail is closed and shouldn't be used. VCC Access/Cliffcare
>probably has a better chance of coming to an understanding on climbers
>access based on the issues associated with the track closure and when/where
>work will be done. It has parallels with use of the Giants Staircase and
>the approach trail to Mt Rosea as a climbing access trail, except that
>at some stage they are likely to be doing construction work and genuinely
>won't want people around.
>So, I reckon the definitive answer is that that trail is closed - bush-bash
>your own way in (maybe 50 cm off the track?). The practical answer is deliberately
As noted in my post responding to darkpromenade, this has been discussed with PV and climbers can use it as previously. The trail was damaged extensively in the North Grampians fire and for a variety of reasons and without going into too much detail, the campground and trail won't be repaired. Therefore it is no longer an 'official' trail or walk that they promote as such to park visitors. There is a new campground slated for Dead Bullock Creek that lines up with a Trailhead and a newer section of the GPT.
The area is not closed for climbing now.
Please use the same trail you previously used although as I noted above, I have been told some parts are not so good. (keen to hear from those who have been in. Maybe I will schedule a visit)
The old trail will not be part of the GPT.