Shadow Lake Circuit

4 h to 5 h

13.3 km

↑ 400 m
↓ -399 m

Hard track
Starting behind the Visitor Centre at the end of Lake St Clair Road, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit past Shadow Lake via the Watersmeet, Shadow Lake, Shadow Lake Link and Mount Rufus tracks. The Shadow Lake Circuit is a fascinating 12km walk that weaves its way through three strikingly different forest types. Starting in wet forest beside Lake St Clair, the track climbs through eucalypt woodland to subalpine moorland and buttongrass near the lake. Situated below Mount Hugel, Shadow Lake is a delightful alpine lake amidst impressive mountains that provides a picturesque spot to stop and explore. You can take a side trip to Forgotten Lake and Little Hugel, or continue the circuit back to Lake St Clair. At nearly 1000m altitude, the highest parts of this walk are subject to severe weather conditions. Check the forecast at the visitor centre before leaving.​ Picnic spots can be found around the lake edge, but campfires are not permitted.​​​ Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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