The walking track heads south east into forest and climbs gently past the information and registration shelter. After registration, we headed south east through tall forest climbing steadily to Trappers Hut. The “grunt” up to Trappers Hut soon got the blood rushing and all of us warmed up. It was great to see the beginnings of a light snow cover and we were looking forward to more of the same as we got to the higher elevation of “The Walls”.
From the hut the clearly defined track heads south up the hill. This climbs 200m to a track junction and keeping to the left we continued to climb south east up a rocky track to the plateau. We then went southeast across the plateau, to the south east, King David peak came into view as the track heads directly towards it. It soon meets the shore of the main lake in the Solomons Jewel’s area. As the track starts to rise towards Herods Gate a number of timber platforms can be seen. This is the main camping area Parks suggests people use. It also has a great toilet! We were greeted with great views of Lake Salome with peaks and cliffs on either side. We all wondered when the dinosaurs would wonder across the plateau.
Below is a picture of the area before we reached the Walls. Every little tarn or lake we saw was frozen over……
There was a lot of snow on the track at this point and it was treacherous , especially on the timber boarding where previous walkers had compressed the snow into ice. From Herod’s gate we continued along the well marked track south-east along the southern side of Lake Salome. A climb of about 500 metres to a four way track at the saddle of Damascus gate. From Damascus Gate the track goes south east. Sidling the Temple before entering a extensive forest of pencil pines. We continued though the top edge of the forest descending to Dixon Kingdom hut. Dixon Kingdom Hut is a low hut built by Reg Dixon as a based for cattle grazing
Us looking like we had won the jackpot! Well we had, great place, no one else around, excellent company. What more could you ask for….mmmm maybe warm feet!
Dixon Kingdom Hut with Colin and Gary enjoying the view